Joe Sweeney works with a visual language created through British idiosyncrasies, everyday references and the banal, commenting on our fast changing times by elevating the throw away. Through quick observation, the artist encourages a pause for thought on the daily interactions that we don’t always pay attention to. Playing with Britain’s passion for nostalgia, he often creates morbid but humorous work through sculpture, print and installation.
“Some of the best art work is made from junk. Or is it the other way round? Anyhow I forget… Joe Sweeney takes his chalice and dips it in the spastic colon of Britain’s large intestine, the gutter. He holds it above his head and allows the neon lights of every takeaway Sign refract and abstract through his malignant melting pot of half submerged spanenglish. For Joe, beauty at this point lies somewhere in between the kebab fat, mushy peas and Monosodium glutamate. Joe thinks to himself. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking up at the kebab sign”. – Henry Hudson
Joe Sweeney (b. 1991 lives and works in London) graduated from Chelsea College of Art in 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Loose Change’, Cob Gallery, London (2017); and ‘Take Away’, Cob Gallery, London, UK (2016). The artist has also participated in numerous group shows including ‘An Exquisite Mess’, curated by India Dickinson, London (2018); ‘FOURTH’, London, UK (2016); and ‘Quality Produce’, London (2016).