Using the physical structure of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and MASS MoCA as starting points, Adam Lampton is interested in how the specific architecture of these museums relates to the geography around them. In both of the short videos presented in Screen, he suggests alternate lives for these spaces. In CMCA in Three Alternative Landscapes, Lampton questions how the landscape influences one’s understanding of the museum. Is there anything that is supremely important to the mission of the museum in being a building in Rockland, Maine? Similarly, in Give Me a Place to Stand, he wonders how the history of North Adams frames one’s experience of MASS MoCA. In both these pieces, he approaches the making of the video as a still photograph over time, not so much interested in a cinematic approach to story telling, but a visual approach that allows for a slow unfolding of the image.
In addition to exhibiting internationally, Lampton’s work has been seen in publications including Art in America, Maisonneuve Magazine, and Polar Inertia Journal. He is a recipient of a 2006-07 William J. Fulbright fellowship to Macao, SAR, China, and a finalist for a 2007 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant. He currently is Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Stonehill College in Easton, MA, and lives in South Portland, ME.
Screen is an ongoing CMCA series focusing on current video work by artists with a connection to Maine.