Dr. Larry Thompson, president of Ringling College of Art and Design, has announced that a circle of Ringling College supporters has enabled the gift of Christian Sampson’s 2019 installation Vita in Motu (2019). The work was created for Sarasota Art Museum's inaugural exhibition Color. Theory. & (b/w), and is currently on view in the museum’s third-floor Jonathan McCague Arcade. In keeping with Sampson’s site-responsive practice, Vita in Motu incorporates the building’s architecture with the rotation of the sun throughout the day, creating an immersive experience in which colors change and melt away as the day progresses.
Based in Los Angeles, Sampson holds a BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design and an MFA from Hunter College. His works are often site-specific, uniquely responding to the architectural spaces in which they reside. Vita in Motu takes inspiration from Sampson’s childhood experiences growing up on the West Coast of Florida.