Michael Lent is an artist and researcher working with drawing, text, video, and installation; exploring time-based and new media as a method of art making. He is interested in finding ephemeral places and defining their space in both his studio work and writing. These spaces are frequently transient, and he documents their momentary existence in order to explore them in the studio, often building transparent layers in video or drawings that reveal the space in and around materials.
Lent has recently exhibited at the Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool, the Albright-Knox in New York, the MASS MoCA in Massachusetts, and a large-scale solo exhibition at Young Harris College in Georgia, USA. Additionally he has received numerous awards including funding from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
His research has been presented at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul, the Royal Geographical Society in London, and the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal.
Lent earned his BFA in Painting and Sculpture from Tyler School of Art - Temple University in Philadelphia and his MFA from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. He is engaged in practice-based PhD research in Fine Art at the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom.