47: Sean Deckert

Categories: Creatives 2012

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

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Sean Deckert
Sean Deckert graduated from ASU with a BFA in photography this year, but he's not about to take a vacation.

He's been busy working on some infrared-related work exploring the social landscape of Phoenix and beyond with a focus on Urban Heat Island. He says he also just returned from a residency at Red Gate Gallery in Beijing.

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Sean Deckert
Smoke & Mirrors, V1, 2012, 16"x20" Lenticular print
I came to Phoenix with ... a Daewoo hatchback full of stuff and a dream to make it big.

I make art because ... it gives me a language to talk about the way I see the world. Photography specifically lends itself to a stronger form of representing what I see around me.

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Sean Deckert
Cityscape Facing South, 2012, time lapse video, 60 seconds
I'm most productive when ... I have a full Americano and a dead phone battery. Usually I post up at a coffee shop and dig in to all my digital darkroom work, emails and nonsense internet surfing.

My inspiration wall is full of ... a collection of videos, photos, and other visuals on my phone. If I see something I like I photograph it. I also love to upload my own videos and watch them between tasks to keep them in my mind. I am in between studios right now, but I usually have a huge cork board with my most recent photos on it. Seeing them all the time helps me cognitively figure out what I'm doing.

I've learned the most from ... taking a ton of bad pictures...and some good ones too. The best photographers have also taken the most bad pictures out of all of us.

Good work should always ... say something personal about the artist that made it, while still being able to relate to complete strangers.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more ... public art opportunities for local artists. I only know of two right now that are funded. I'd really like to tackle a public art piece in the near future. More INFLUX projects would be very cool.

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Sean Deckert
Street View #1, 2012, Lenticular print (1st & 2nd view)
The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque
72. Daniel Funkhouser
71. Carla Chavarria
70. Hugo Medina
69. Cavin Costello
68. Claire Carter
67. Lindsay Tingstrom
66. Catherine Ruane
65. Christopher Crosby
64. Aaron Johnson
63. Brenda Eden
62. Colton Brock
61. Ernesto Moncada
60. Benjamin Phillips
59. Brad Armstrong
58. Angela Hardison
57. Tyler Quinn
56. Andrew James Benson
55. Charles Anthony Darr
54: Tiffe Fermaint
53. Eric Cox
52. Victor Vasquez
51. John Randall Nelson
50. Lauren Lee
49. Kyle Jordre
48. Julie C. Kent

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