Vita in Motu

Christian Sampson’s site-specific installation Vita in Motu conscripts the architecture of the building, and the solar system, as collaborators to create an ever-changing dazzling color and light show, reminding us of our place in the universe and that color is light, constantly in flux, and subject to one’s perspective.

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About Christian Sampson

Christian Sampson (b. 1974) works with both tangible and intangible materials–Plexiglas, polymers, wood, dyes, light, reflection and shadow–to experiment with space and perception. His works are often site-specific, uniquely responding to architectural space. The ephemeral and ever-changing nature of these colored light projections aligns closely with early cinematic animation and filmmaking experiments.

Sampson holds a BFA from Ringling College of Art + Design and an MFA from Hunter College. His work has been exhibited at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and at the Centre Pompidou-Metz in an exhibition titled Cosa Mental: Art and Telepathy, curated by Pascal Rousseau. He collaborated with Ariel Dill and Amanda Friedman on a Color Light Projection Reading Room for Drawing Hilma Af Klint at Jackie Klempay Gallery, Brooklyn. In January 2017, he created an installation for a group exhibition titled Ripple Effect at Turn Gallery in New York City. After nearly twenty years in New York, Sampson now lives and works in Los Angeles, California.