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Sean Capone

Sean Capone

Sean Capone is a video artist based in New York City who creates simulated floral vistas, with a focus on pattern and decoration. Working in video, animation, and large-scale digital projection, Capone uses floral motifs to explore themes of reality and illusion, beauty and decay, and the passage of time. Stemming from his investigations of site-specificity in the digital age, much of his work is presented in public or immersive spaces that incorporate the moving image into the built environment. "Contemporary life inhabits the space of the screen. Whether projected or transmitted, video is no longer a surface to be viewed, but an environment to be occupied."

In Capone’s most recent digital video animations, sensuous floral arabesques and decorative gestures bloom, morph, decay and bloom again in an endless cycle of birth, death and renewal. Based on visual systems that draw upon the grammar of ornament, the aesthetics of baroque exuberance, and painterly abstraction and rhythm, Capone addresses the often-overwhelming digital landscape we now continuously inhabit. Yet, much of his work also explores the historical relationship between art, nature and the emotional response of the viewer to the images’ cycle of beauty, efflorescence and decay.

Capone received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His large-scale digital video projections have shown internationally at many galleries, museums, public spaces, events and festivals, most recently at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Arts & Design. Capone was the 2010 recipient of the Grand Prize for Public Installation from the DUMBO Arts Festival.

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