Sean Sweeney

Living in Washington DC, 


My interdisciplinary practice focuses on lightness and gravity, seeking to create poetic moments of objects appearing to be simultaneously floating and subject to the pull of gravity.  While traveling in destitute areas, I became intrigued with a variety of found objects in deteriorated spaces.  This discovery led me to further consider their original ready-made commercial state and the possibility of manipulating the material in order to create moments of pause in time and space.   Materials I use have been altered, and while some are no longer recognizable, others are left in a raw state. The alterations aestheticize the materials with a balance of elegant crudeness creating a dichotomy that draws the viewer in.


Specific materials commonly used in contemporary architecture, such as ceiling panels, wood, and Plexiglas, have been utilized to create my most recent body of work.  The materials employed are essential to this work when considering how they relate structurally to both residential and commercial buildings.  Ceiling panels, a staple aesthetic element of architecture that hide the internal workings of a building, and studs, which are used to structurally assist in hiding the internal working of a building and provide support, are used to conceptualize my ideas. Various materials are selected, not only for their aesthetic value, but especially for their potential of becoming something new through being altered.  Some materials have been warped and curved, echoing the curves of the human body.


Drawing from the perception of structural integrity, I created a piece where a stud is balanced on two pieces of Plexiglas, giving the stud the illusion of floating. The conversation is interesting in the way the stud, a material traditionally used to build walls, now competes with gravity in a new way, no longer serving as a component of framework, but instead is raised to an acute angle, appearing as though it is floating.


The careful installation of my work subconsciously guides viewers through the space as they engage each poetic moment. Each piece affects a new interaction with the viewer as some moments act as a resting point, while other pieces create moments of precariousness or deterioration.  Viewers can connect with the internal spaces of the pieces; immerse themselves in the interaction between the painting and sculpture, and contemplate the moments of lightness and gravity.