Chantal Rens (1981, Etten-Leur) received her BFA at the Academie voor Beeldende Vorming in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Her work consists mainly of analog collages with photography as a starting point and books she designs and publishes herself under the label PANTOFLE BOOKS, the independent publishing house she founded in 2014 together with Dutch cartoonist and artist Gummbah.
In general her works can be described as uncanny, funny, sometimes unsettling, with playful interventions that challenge what you are seeing. Rens wants to protect her work against the usual analyzes, rational considerations and comparisons. Her motto is rather: let yourself be carried away with wonder, be open to the unusual. Her works do their utmost to provide nutrition for the requested attitude.
Her book YOU RUN AROUND TOWN LIKE A FOOL AND YOU THINK THAT IT’S GROOVY – a collection of 100 collages of animals balancing alcoholic drinks on their backs – was said to be ‘perhaps the most unnecessary but absolutely the most funny book of 2016′.
In 2018 she published two books: COMMON SENSE IS A HUNGY BITCH – an array of 50 collages surrounded by carefully juxtaposed spot colours and Various Animals – a board book with 12 full-page collaged photographs of weird and wonderful animals.
THAT’S WHEN WALLS ARE THIN is a limited edition folder with fifteen prints, based on a series of analog cut-and-paste collages created between 2010 and 2020. Comprised of material extracted from Dutch magazines of the 1930s through the 1960s, the collages might induce a nostalgic yearning for a simpler world that does not exist. Yet the temporal displacement is a reminder that nothing was ever perfect, and it never will be. Published together with edition Taube.
Coming up: the second volume of YOU RUN AROUND TOWN LIKE A FOOL AND YOU THINK THAT IT’S GROOVY with one hundred new animals and their drinks, expected beginning of 2022. Pre-orders at PANTOFLE BOOKS: YOU RUN AROUND TOWN LIKE A FOOL AND YOU THINK THAT IT’S GROOVY 2
Various editions: books, prints, postcards etc. available in webshop
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