Sean Deckert was born in Culver City, California in 1984 and moved to southern Illinois with his mother and sister in 1990. He left in 2008 to attend Arizona State University for a Bachelors in Photography. His upbringing in a small town on the edge of a seemingly endless view of locally owned farming plots directly contrasted the impersonal land designation visible in the Phoenix-metro area. His projects frequently manifest through collaborative efforts with his network of friends ranging from scientists to local community organizers that advise and assist him during the research phases of his work. He volunteers extensively in his local arts community, including his membership with the Artlink, Eye Lounge Collective and In Focus. He received the 2013 Emerging Artist Award by Contemporary Forum and Phoenix Art Museum. His work has been featured in Art Ltd, Arid Journal, Photo District News and has been exhibited at the Tempe Center for the Arts, Scottsdale Center for Contemporary Art and Los Angeles Center for Digital Art as well as international locations in Beijing, Jerusalem and Concordia.Thematically, his recent work focuses on sociopolitical environmental issues of urban spaces such as Urban Heat Island.
Sean Deckert photographs intersections between art & science, still & motion imagery, natural and manmade environment with a strong interest in how the work operates in the public sphere. Focusing on the urban landscape and human development unfolding in these spaces raises questions about what type of relationship civil society has with the natural world. Through using a variety of traditional and unique light capture devices his aesthetic departs from the history of modern photographic rules while still identifying new ways of using old tools. His science driven works equate outdated modernist buildings to organic human form by recording the passage of infrared light and reflected light wrapping around the windows and through the streets. Other works create a meditative entrance point to see the ways in which the sun defines cognitive and physical space. The elemental simplicity of his chosen subject matter comes from his basic desire to capture and understand solar energy, while still producing educable and momentous works that could play a role in a more active social conversation. Although he is trained as a photographer his work often associates with architecture, sculpture and video. His exhibitions usually employ conceptual installation methods by creating translucent networks of images and shapes through minimal design with a high level of technical execution.