Chantal Rens has a healthy appetite for invention. In a manner reminiscent of Hanna Hoch, the sole female member of the Berlin DADA movement, she reuses, arranges, cuts, tears and piles her pictures on top of one another. This results in collages that are illusive, funny, obscene, mysterious, playful and cool. All at the same time. Not only do the images exceed the original meaning, they turn it 180 degrees. The main force of these distortions? Our vague recollection of the indivisible remainder. As with any masquerade, the frustration is in the visual obstruction. We are left with a blind spot but what we get in return is a sublime substitution. A good deal, after all.
Kanada, Chantal Rens, CR, Tilburg, 2013 BEING in SHAPE, Chantal Rens, CR, Tilburg, 2009 Carolina had weliswaar geen aids maar ze dacht er wel vaak aan, Chantal Rens, CR, Tilburg, 2009 Nobody Loves Me, Gummbah / Chantal Rens, CR, Tilburg, 2008
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