Works from “Beyond the Pale”


An exhibition by Finesse Architecture and Marianne Lammersen 

Society functions or it doesn’t when people follow rules or break them.

A name serves to define a thing and make it familiar, bring it into the scope of our expectations and domesticate it. So we name dogs.

Numbers allow us to measure and place objects in scale. With numbers, we can count. And we can gauge difference.


In our times of great change and growth, when the world seems to be spinning faster than ever and cities, populations, ideas burgeon at a dizzying pace, people look to the familiar and the certain to reassure them and keep them safe. They establish communities of the like-minded, post their intimate lives on social networks (making confidantes out of strangers) and look to technology and structure to pull sense out of chaos.

Marianne Lammersen and Jack Chen seek to codify some of these phenomena in their work – the phenomena of boundary-making, definition, restriction and networking – in order to better understand the role these play in the creation of the modern dysfunctional psyche. In their language of form’’ both artists embed their particular systems and logic that carry through from concept to the realization of the work for the spectator to unearth. The discovery process is designed towards an inevitable moment of rupture, when expectations or desires fail and new directions or possibilities stand revealed: surprising, unexpected possibilities that allow the viewer to escape from the conventional, asking new questions and posing new responses. Continue Reading →

Making the Temporary Last at Gogbot Festival 2012 from Jack on Vimeo.

Gogbot Festival 2012

Participating at the annual Gogbot Festival in Enschede.