Welcome to the website of Shawn Decker,  sound artist, composer, sculptor, and teacher.  In addition to the news about my latest activities found below, there is full documentation of all my sound installation work (the artworks link), a music section with 3 full CDs worth of material that is all playable online, and links to my latest professional materials (the bio link) and a page of links to my School of the Art Institute of Chicago classes (teaching).  Click on any image for a slideshow. Many pages have both sound and video at bottom of the page as well. Enjoy!

I just completed a set of soundtracks for roughly 25 minutes of animation by Alice George, an Evanston-based animator, which were just screened at the Evanston Art Center on September 28.  There was a great crowd for the turnout!  The soundtracks were largely done using my analog synthesis rack, along with field recordings made from various locations.  While the animations aren't available online (yet!!) here is an excerpt from vimeo from Alice's Last Words series:

 

 

A new work in my ongoing collaboration with Finnish artist Jan-Erik Andersson was presented this summer at the Mänttä Art Museum in central Finland.  The Mänttä Exhibition is one of Finland's largest and most important summer exhibitions.  For this year we created a version of our Sauna project from 2011 which incorporates features of our previous nest structures, as well as portable sauna fabric to create a working sauna on the shore of a lake where visitors could use the public bathhouse to change, take a sauna, then swim in the lake.

 

A new work with Jan-Erik Andersson,  Apple Concert (Growth, Pollination, Consumption, Digestion), 2016, was installed at the Fin_Between exhibition, Gallery 1, Los Angeles 3.12.2016 – 5.1.2017. The Fin_Between exhbition was curated by Ville Laaksonen and Arte organisation together with Kio Griffth and Irie Ichiro.

At the Arena 1 gallery in Los Angeles Jan-Erik and I performed a live concert in four parts each exploring various sounds from the life of an apple and where the Chorus included the sound of the audience eating apples:

Urkonzert is a set of three sculptures by Finnish Artist Jan-Erik Andersson, the latest in a long line of my collaborations with Jan-Erik.  This exhibition was in early 2016 at the Rajatila Gallery in Tampere, FINLAND.  I created sounds for the three seperate sculptures, two of which feature speakers made of concrete cast in the earth.  Here are two nice Youtube videos, one with narrative and one without, which offer a virtual tour of the work.

Here is the video without text narrative:  https://youtu.be/vShvLLiXsKM

Prairie at the Dubuque Museum of Art

Prairie was exhibited at the Dubuque Museum of Art from April - July 2016 for roughly 3 months.  I went out also for a well-attended artist talk. Prairie is a large-scale electro-acoustic sound installation which was first installed at the Chicago Cultural Center from Feb 8 to May 5, 2013, and then was shown next in a 13th Century Cathedral just outside Vienna, and following this, in Indianapolis at the Heron School of Art main gallery and then at the Witchita Museum of Art.

Shawn Decker and Jan Tichy - the Difference

Teh Difference, a sound and light installation, was shown this past summer as part of the 2015 Currents New Media Festival in Santa Fe, NM. The Difference is a collaboration between light artist Jan Tichy and sound artist Shawn Decker which takes a light project work of Tichy's, originally with sculptural elements, and replaces these elements with Speakers, each with its own sound track that is synchronized with the changes and evolution of the light.

Shawn Decker's Prairie at Wichita Art Museum

Prairie  was installed at the Witchita Art Museum in one of their wonderful galleries for 3 months (May 30 through Sept. 13) this past summer.  Prairie is a large-scale electro-acoustic sound installation which was first installed at the Chicago Cultural Center from Feb 8 to May 5, 2013, and then was shown next in a 13th Century Cathedral just outside Vienna, and following this, in Indianapolis at the Heron School of Art main gallery. Plans are underway to install it this spring in the Dubuque Museum of Art in Dubuque Iowa.

Urkonzert is a set of three sculptures by Finnish Artist Jan-Erik Andersson, the latest in a long line of my collaborations with Jan-Erik.  I created sounds for the three seperate sculptures, two of which feature speakers made of concrete cast in the earth.  Here are two nice Youtube videos, one with narrative and one without, which offer a virtual tour of the work.

Here is the video without text narrative:  https://youtu.be/vShvLLiXsKM

Prairie  just finished a 6 week at the Herron School of Art and Design's main gallery in Indianapolis.  Prairie is a large-scale electro-acoustic sound installation which was first installed at the Chicago Cultural Center from Feb 8 to May 5, 2013, and then was shown next in a 13th Century Cathedral just outside Vienna. This piece is made up of 432 thin rods with small speakers at the tip, and with vibration motors near the base.

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