talking trash with young london artist joe sweeney

Jessica Draper, i-D, May 21, 2016

As the doors to his first solo show open tomorrow, curator Jessica Draper catches up with the artist who's turning trash into high art.


Take Away is the first solo show from young London artist, Joe Sweeney. Drawn from Sweeney's impression of his home in Brixton, the exhibition displays the everyday happenings, disruptions and dialogues that are both familiar and strange within the ever-changing neighbourhood. Turning transient ephemera - pie boxes, milk cartons, chicken bones and laundry bags - into bold, sculptural and sometimes shiny statements, Sweeney acts as a sort of archeologist of the present.