putAtoring * Allison Rentz
Instead of buying blank books, Allison Rentz makes sketchbooks from recycled materials like plastic waste, trash, and discarded paper to write, draw and to work out ideas for projects. Since 2008, Fifth Planet Press has engaged her in PutAtoring, an ongoing collaborative book arts experiment, by distributing Allison’s blankish books to over 20 various artists, presenting the challenge to work in the books however they deem fit. Allison says, “When a person creates in one of my hand made books, they are collaborating with me.” The collection serves as a window into the various creative processes unique to each contributing artist. The books take on a life as they develop, and their future lies in the hands of a crew of contemporary artists.
"I’ve held one of these monsters in my hand: Each book is a small, (sometimes nightmarish) dreamworld made of mixed media and all manner of irregular-shaped recyclables."
- Jeremy Abernathy, Burnaway Magazine
Bean Summer/ Ben Worley
Susan A. Cipcic
Mandie Turner Mitchell
Cha Asokan & her students
Sloane R. Cheatham
ALLISON RENTZ is a metro-Atlanta artist who works in installation,
performance, drawing, and multimedia. She is interested in how humans
interact with each other, and with the environment.
Allison's art has been presented in Atlanta, Athens, GA, France,
Italy, Spain, Chicago, Lexington, KY, Texas, NY, and on the Web.
Noted projects include "c
o n t a i n i n g = h a t e," a performance installation
at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center as part of "Bring it
on! A series of solo positions."
Allison is the dictator of her own country--artempeerealism--where
art is the law, and the law is art. She has been enjoying experimenting
with music in the bands "Chinese
Frankenstein" and "ASSTOW."
Collaboration has become a big part of her recent artistic practice.
An artist is a worker...
//...I work for harmony...//
An artist's work reflects experience...
//...My journey is a battle with internal and external influences...//
Creating effects the environment......
//...I reuse my materials whenever possible...//
//...Plastic is an abundant component of my work...//
//...My ___________________ often include parts from previous works...//
"I like makin' books.
They are so fun.
Part of my process of realizing projects involves making a book to
work out my sketches and drawings in.
In June 2008, Allison Rentz won the inaugural Idea Capital Artist
Grant, which is a new grassroots initiative established to help
jump start Atlanta-based, artist-initiated projects that might not
otherwise be supported through mainstream arts institutions.
Allison Rentz is an Atlanta based conceptualish artist. A graduate
of UGA, Rentz has exhibited work at Eyedrum, Spruill Gallery, Downtown
Arts Center (Lexington, KY), Polvo Art Studio (Chicago), and at
venues in Beziers, France; Lecce, Italy; and Barcelona, Spain. She
is also the founder of her own country, "Artempeerealism."
To learn more about Allison's projects: http://www.allisonrentz.com.