Punishment Park


Dylan Shipton

24 May - 15 June 2014


Open Fri-Sun,  12-5pm, or by appointment

Private View 23 May, 6-9pm


Residency at UCA Canterbury

Open to the public from 30 May

Talks and events TBA



LIMBO is pleased to present a new commission by Dylan Shipton. Shipton works with large-scale three-dimensional structures, responding to the modernist idea of abstract painting as a hermetic practice, and engaging the gap between the artwork and the space in which it resides. In Shipton’s work there is an interplay between planned construction and improvisation, where the environment and chance events produced by the making process determine the works’ eventual forms. 


Punishment Park takes its title from Peter Watkins’ 1971 faux-documentary, in which student protesters are imprisoned by the US government (which declares a ‘state of emergency’) and coerced into running a death-race for their freedom, pursued, as part of a military training exercise, by the National Guard. By alluding to this film, Shipton is perhaps suggesting that his ‘deconstruction’ of the physical elements of painting – paint, stretcher, and support – has less to do with expanding the medium formally than exploring the possibilities of abstraction as political metaphor. Through subtle yet deliberate use of colour and simple materials, Shipton’s works suggest a redeployment of corporate and institutional demarcation – scaffold wrap hoarding, prison uniforms, dazzle camouflage - within the context of vernacular architecture. 

For the commission Shipton will respond intuitively to LIMBO’s project space, a former electricity substation. He will use rudimentary joinery to construct a large-scale sculptural drawing to actively engage the room. This intervention will take the form of a brightly coloured timber structure that appears to ricochet and reverberate around the gallery. This super-charged drawing will sit in its very own state of limbo, somewhere between renewal and decay. The structure will serve as a physical manifestation of the energy that was once created in the building, as well as pointing out the architectural idiosyncrasies of the space.

Over May and June Shipton will be working simultaneously on the exhibition at LIMBO and a test site at University for the Creative Arts Canterbury as part of a month-long residency, where he will be collaborating with staff and students from across the courses at the art college. His changing installation at UCA will be accessible to the public from 30 May, with an open discussion with Terry Perk, Gabor Stark and Ian Bottle in the space at 2.30pm on 6 June.




Dylan Shipton was born in Wales in 1976. He studied Fine Art at Bristol UWE and did his Masters at Chelsea School of Art 2001. Shipton has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, with both individual and collaborative projects. Exhibitions last year included Monument to the Excluded Middle in collaboration with artist Ben Fitton, for House 2013 in Brighton and Palomar at Bloc Projects in Sheffield. He currently lives and works in London.





Supported by Grants for the ArtsKent County Council and University for the Creative Arts



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