Approved: 07.02.2010

Michael Lent

Artist, Curator, Writer, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

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Approved: 07.02.2010

In many respects, my work is a sort of anti-entropy. I focus on the otherness of space in order to prevent its ultimate dissolution, promoting a spatial practice of radical alterity. Alterity is in danger. It is a masterpiece in peril, an object lost or missing from our system...[1] There is a crisis of alterity in which otherness is threatened by its opposition to a system of exchange. An artistic

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  • Location: Newcastle, North East
  • Activities: Higher education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Critical writing, Creative writing, Curating, Visual arts consultancy, Evaluation
  • Categories: Project, Film & Video, Installation, Intervention, Photography
 

Biography

In many respects, my work is a sort of anti-entropy. I focus on the otherness of space in order to prevent its ultimate dissolution, promoting a spatial practice of radical alterity. Alterity is in danger. It is a masterpiece in peril, an object lost or missing from our system...[1] There is a crisis of alterity in which otherness is threatened by its opposition to a system of exchange. An artistic effort towards radical alterity is a practical one. It combines experience of real space with strategies of asyndetonal fragmentation and mobility as a production of perception of the world as Other. This strategy advances discovery of the adumbrational potentialities of site, ultimately breaking the cyclical system of exchange that causes everything to disappear. I suggest a rethinking of the way we utilise space—a radicalised and unique praxis. For centuries, artists focused first on the representation of space and later on the viability of site—both acts towards disappearance into pure concept. Contemporary practices engage in the production of art as entertainment, capital, or at least as something slick. This has left the body count of site (amongst other elements) in the wake of art's murderous utility. ...the visual arts have remained by the wayside as the entire culture is now being threatened by the extermination of space...[2] I suggest the extermination of space is more precisely a transfiguration of site into a known and utilised place. It represents a movement into realised place, and a disappearance of the original space that once was. It has been consumed as a product into the system of difference and absorbed into homogeneity. Rather than a mediated practice whereby previous artists respond to space as commodification, I propose a different practice. One that preserves (and produces?) the alterity of unnamed space as an act towards singularity—a singular space that resists the urge towards homogeneity. 1 Baudrillard, J., 2008, Radical Alterity, Semiotext(e), Los Angeles, CA. 2 Virilio, P. & Lotringer, S., 2005, The Accident of Art, Semiotext(e), New York. P. 29

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2013 - PhD in Fine Art candidate (Supervisors: Alec Shepley, Steve Dutton, Mike Healey), University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK 2009 - MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, USA 2000 - BFA in Sculpture and Painting, Tyler School of Art - Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 1999 - Contemporary Art Practice and Art History, Temple University Rome, Rome, Italy Solo exhibitions 2009 - Practice Writings: Space, Place, and Colour, Haybarn Gallery, Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, USA 2009 - Transient Spaces, Campus Gate, Young Harris College, Young Harris, Georgia, USA 2005 - No Sale, Tollbooth Gallery, Tacoma, Washington, USA 2002 - Making Babies, Commencement Art Gallery, Tacoma, Washington, USA 2002 - Making Babies, Don't Bite the Pavement, Tacoma, Washington, USA 2002 - Please Take Care of My Baby, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington, USA 2000 - True Blue, Penrose Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Group exhibitions 2012 - Neither Spit nor Diamonds, Greestone Gallery, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK 2011 - An Exchange with Sol LeWitt, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), North Adams, Massachusetts, USA 2010 - Global Studio, The Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK 2010 - Virion 2010, H Block Gallery, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia 2008 - AGENDA: Queering Popular Media, Current Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, USA 2008 - Painting the Spectrum, SASOD Film Festival, Georgetown, Guyana 2008 - Silent/Sound Film Festival, Squeeky Wheel , Buffalo, New York, USA 2008 - The Art of Word, Science, and Sound, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, USA 2007 - Critical Line Invitational, Critical Line, Tacoma, Washington, USA 2006 - Drawings, Dessins, Zeichnungen, Basil Hallward Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA 2004 - Rorschach Notions, Tollbooth Gallery, Tacoma, Washington, USA 1997 - Drawings, Penrose Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Residencies 1993 - Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Excellence in the Arts, Mercyherst University, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Competitions, prizes and awards 2009 - CAS, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA 2009 - NYFA Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, New York, USA Publications 2012 - Lent, M. 2012 (forthcoming). Oklahoma is OK. Mobile Geographies. Evo Girls Press. Rochester, New York, USA. 2012 - Lent, M. 2012 (forthcoming). Praxis of potentiality: A consideration of spatial disappearance. Mobility and Fantasy in Visual Culture Proceedings. Bahçesehir University, Istanbul, 2012 - Lent, M. 2012. October Fire. TriQuarterly Journal. Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA 2010 - Lent, M. 2010. October Fire. The Minutiae of Visionaries: Experiments Toward Social Evolution. Evo Girls Press. Rochester, New York, USA. 2007 - Lent, M. 2007. The Curator’s Eye: Toxic Warning. City Arts. Seattle, USA.