Mark Booth and I will perform a set at the Empty Bottle this Sunday, October 13th as the duo gryke. Ryan Dunn is opening for us, and this should be a great show - hope you can make it!

Join everyone who helped put together my installation Prairie at the Chicago Cultural Center (including yours truly) to toast the last weekend of the installation (we are having a clsing reception rather than an opening)!  The piece has had a fantastic attendance, but if you still haven't seen it, this weekend is your last chance!  The closing party will be in, and outside, the Yates gallery of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 Washington St, this Friday May 3rd, from 5:30 until 7:30.  I hope to see you there!!!

Anne Wilson's Errant Behaviors, a Video and Sound Installation which I collaborated on (doing all the sound portion of the work)  will be on exhibition as part of the exhibition "Borderline" at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, in Kanazawa, Japan. This 2-screen video and 4 channel sound piece uses 23  stop motion animated seqments each with its own stereo soundtrack which are presented simultaneously, each in random order.

Don't miss this wonderful panel discussion this Thursday, organized by Kate Dumbleton, in conjunction with the Chicago Cultural Center, and my exhibition Prairie.

Date/Time: Thursday, April 18th, 6pm-8pm.
Location: Claudia Cassidy Theater
Panelists: Roscoe Mitchell, Ken Vandermark, Pamela Jennings
Moderator: Dieter Roelstraete

Shawn Decker's Prairie reviewed in the NewCity Arts magazine

Prairie, at the Chicago Cultural Center through May 5th,  was just reviewed in NewCity's Art magazine.  It will be both in their print edition, which I heard a rumor might be their last print issue (?), and in the online edition.  Here is a link to the article:
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Frank Rosaly Performance Setup in Shawn Decker's Prairie Installation


Shawn Decker and Lynn Book performing "The Phaedra Escapes" at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago.

On Tuesday, March 26th from 5:00-6:30pm, at the Scales Fine Arts Center, Art 102, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem NC, my collaborator Lynn Book will screen her new "video book": Book 1. of 3 volume seiries' - UnReading for Future Bodies. This project is a video version based loosely on a series of performance works, The Phaedra Escapes, Lynn and I worked on last year (and continue to work on), based around music excerpted from those performances.


Join me for a gallery talk about my sound installation Prairie, in the Yates Gallery of the Chicago Cultural Center. I'll talk about the details of the history and conception of the piece, various influences that came into play during its development, a discussion the 3 year development process, as well as ideas and details of the programming, the rhythmic and spatial patterns, the sculptural nature of the piece, etc.

Shawn Decker: Prairie

Don't miss this great panel discussion, Thursday March 21 from 12 to 2 at the Chicago Cultural Center. The panel discussion will be focussed around my Prairie installation in the Yates Gallery, but will also undoubtedly take on a wider variety of issues as well.  The discussion should be interesting, with panelists from a diverse set of backgrounds.  This panel discussion was organized by graduate students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Arts Administration Program.

poster for Frank Rosaly, performing in Shawn Decker's Prairie installation


Frank Rosaly, acclaimed percussionist, composer, and improviser will be performing tonight in a "duo" with my sound installation Prairie, in the Yates gallery of the Chicago Cultural Center. The performance is at 7:00.  I would urge you to get there early, as space is limited, and I would not be suprised to see a big attendance.