Carl Gent is an artist from Bexhill-on-sea. Their recent work has sought to refictionalise the life of Cynethryth, eighth-century Queen of Mercia, through a range of amateur dramatics, tabletop gaming, and the parading of decapitated kings in community carnivals. Through their collaboration with Kelechi Anucha they made new recordings of English folk songs embedded in sculptures that investigated the girly and divine links between folk and church song. Their ongoing collaborative work with Linda Stupart has given birth to a range of live, published and exhibited projects that restaged 1990s video game Ecco the Dolphin as an artist’s play.
They have exhibited their songs, sculptures, vehicles and printouts at Badischer Kunstverein in Karlsruhe; Istituto Svizerro, Rome; the De La Warr Pavilion and Flatland Projects, Bexhill-on-sea; Wysing Arts Centre; Goldsmiths CCA, ICA, Somerset House, KELDER, and Jupiter Woods, London. They have a new commission as a part of this year’s Deptford X’s and have recently published with Kelder Press, Sticky Fingers Publishing, HOAX and Arcadia Missa. The Balls of Alban was published by Monitor Books in 2022.