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Lecturing at China Academy of Art

Lecturing at China Academy of Art

Together with Jack Chen of Finesse Architecture, I will be teaching a 4-weeks course in China, at the Chinese Academy of Art, Hanzhou. I’m thrilled to be invited and will try to challenge the students. A great chance to teach in a different culture, and to learn from them just as much as they learn – hopefully – from me.

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Het Tekenkabinet in ‘De Huiskamer’

Het Tekenkabinet in ‘De Huiskamer’

New collage works are on show during the month of October, in an exhibition of Tekenkabinet. Tekenkabinet (Drawing cabinet) is a traveling platform, promoting the act of drawing, and is organized by Manja van der Storm. The presentation takes place at Kalkmarkt 8, Amsterdam.

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‘Ruimtelijk Vlak’ and lecture ‘Lines in space’ in De Boterhal, Hoorn

‘Ruimtelijk Vlak’ and lecture ‘Lines in space’ in De Boterhal, Hoorn

Sunday 10th of April I will be giving a lecture about my work during the Salon at De Boterhal in Hoorn. The Salon follows up on the exhibition ‘Ruimtelijk Vlak’, that is on show until the 1st of May. For Ruimtelijk Vlak I made a new installation. The show is a part of National Drawing Manifistation ‘Drawing Front’, taking drawing as a starting point and showing different perspectives on drawing as a medium.

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Marianne Lammersen

In my sculptures, installations and collages, I’m intrigued by the tension between technological development and the maintenance and preservation of human identity. The works are propelled by a desire to offer a moment of rest in the daily hectics of modern society. A contemplative moment, in which the viewer is challenged to question his position in the ongoing changes that surround him.


It’s clear that we, as human beings, decide what our environment looks like. The spontaneous natural growth is substituted by technical development, that designs and dominates our environment. When talking about innovations and unfolding solutions, development is something positive. The flow to technological development, sometimes coming close to an artificial world, is a tendency that intrigues me.


However, the feeling that I get that we create a world that slides away from what we are as human beings in our essence, increases with the same speed. I wonder whether this technical development is always human development. We have the opportunity to create instruments and machines that can do nearly everything, but when we only look at the big picture, we intend to forget to keep hold on valuable small things. The city environment clearly shows how we continue constructing buildings in which we literally surpass ourselves. Skyscraping offices grow over my head. They do not allow me to look through the mirroring glass, making me small and unimportant. With our heads in the clouds and one eye on the watch, we make plans how to build bigger and reach higher en how to speed up. Highways and modern communication make us move faster and work more efficient.


Despite these fast connections I feel I can not keep up with the quick changes surrounding me. With this attitude we pass the stage of what kind of environment we match with and relate to human physical presence, exploiting the environment and utilizing ourselves.


In my view there is a certain need for balance between the speed of changing and acting in a dynamic society on one hand, and in the desire for a moment of rest, delay, and reflection on the other. The popularity of green lanes and parks in cities, bio-markets, but also the increasing interest for yoga-lessons and (eastern)religions are signs that all show the need for balance in both a physical and in a mental aspect.


My art projects can be seen as silent witnesses in my longing for a small-scale overview, a world that the human body can relate too. No finalities in instrumental thinking, but aiming to create space in which you question your own position.


In my work the search for balance is shown in the way I combine elements dealing with the human sensitive nature with elements that represent the instrumental invented surroundings. Both environments melt together or are on opposite sides. The sculptures and installations contain contrasting elements and materials. Materials with an industrial and business-like character mirror our designed environment. Next to that I use shapes extracted from nature or anatomy, elements that in shape and content are close to the human body. The use of crafty production processes and materials accentuates this even more and encourages a strong physical experience of the work.

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Location

Studio:
MAAK-Haarlem, Unit C-0.4
Oudeweg 91-95
2031 CC Haarlem

Business Hours

Monday – Friday
9 AM – 6 PM
Saturday
10 AM – 2 PM
Sunday
Upon appointment

Contact

Phone +
00 31 (0) 6 45 77 55 97
Email +
marianne_lammersen@hotmail.com