Sean Deckert photographs intersections between art and science, still and motion imagery, natural and man-made environment with a strong interest in how humanity relates to nature. Through using a variety of traditional and unique light-capture devices, his works create a meditative entrance point to see the ways in which the sun defines cognitive and physical space. The elemental simplicity of his subject matter comes from an essential desire to capture solar energy and understand its intricate position in the cycle of atmospheric pollution. Although he is trained as a photographer his work often employs architecture, sculpture and video through unique installation methods designed to remove photographs from the confines of the wall.
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. After producing work in Arizona for six years he returned to Los Angeles in 2015. His work continues to investigate atmospheric color relative to perceptions of personal and public space. 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 at Phoenix Art Museum. 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 SF Camerawork, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art as well as international locations in Beijing, Jerusalem and Concordia.