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Auf Gedeih und Verderb Auf Gedeih und Verderb Auf Gedeih und Verderb

Auf Gedeih und Verderb Auf Gedeih und Verderb Auf Gedeih und Verderb


Raphaël-Bachir Osman, Franck Rausch

Auf Gedeih und Verderb

February 9th to March 1st 2024

“Auf Gedeih und Verderb” (for better or worse) brings together more than 30
paintings by Raphaël-Bachir Osman (b. 1992, France) and Franck Rausch (b. 1990,
France). Having studied alongside each other in Berlin, the artists present their work
in pairs, and thus draw our attention to parallels in their practices that recur in both
subject and style. Osman and Rausch use painting as a lens to examine their daily
surroundings, be it neighborhood scenes or seemingly arbitrary objects in their
homes or studios. Experimenting with different modes of texture, Osman elevates
steaming potatoes or sausages to the protagonists of his delicate oil paintings, while
Rausch creates the atmospheric depth of his characters and still lives with thick and
rough layers of color.
“Auf Gedeih und Verderb” juxtaposes the work of two friends. It reveals their
relationship to each other as well as to painting itself. Moving between reality and
fantasy, much of their work has a certain humor in common through which they
convey both the good and the bad of being artists and friends who have
accompanied each other over the years. Fragments of their conversations become
visible on canvas, like an occasional detour into historical references, a gherkin here,
an allusion to Manet’s lemon there. As the title suggests, “Auf Gedeih und Verderb”
confronts us with companionship and an unconditional love of painting, being
simultaneously devoted to it and at its mercy. The exhibition at Gr_und is the first duo
show of Osman and Rausch in Berlin and will be on view from 10 February until 1
March 2024.

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