The Lancing Shed: new work by Max Gimson


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The Lancing Shed
New work by Max Gimson

Venue: Gallery Lock In, Little Western Street (BN1 2PU)
Date: 7th and 8th January
Private view: 7th January 7-9pm
Exhibition opens: 8th January midday-7pm
Admission: Free

“Domestic environments act as the backdrop for anecdotes and can set up the mood within my work.”– Max Gimson

The Lancing Shed is an exhibition installation of the new works of Brighton-based painter Max Gimson. Providing a specific context for his new, large-scale, work, Gimson’s all-consuming chamber is best described by the absurd meanderings of the artist himself…

“A while ago I did some drawings at work of this black brick chamber with an inflatable dolphin in it. I didn’t really know what was going on with it at the time but the black bricks started to crop up in a few paintings this year

I think I saw the tiles in the Lion and Lobster’s toilet and liked the shiny black tiled effect…

I started thinking about actually creating this ‘chamber’, seeing it as a sort of observatory or removed space to look at stuff but also when you put objects or ideas in the chamber they don’t make sense as they don’t have the backdrop of the correct context. I suppose that’s what I was trying with the painting of the sweetcorn and the big table made of meat; without explanation the objects become a bit ridiculous.

For the past few months I have been working in Lancing and there’s this bit of graffiti by the side of the building that just says “LANCING SHED” which made me laugh as I thought it might be the name of a gang or that the wall it was written on (in the opinion of the graffiti artist) is a type of shed, in Lancing at least. Maybe anything can be a Lancing shed if you just write that on it?

I suppose all of these things came together while I was driving yesterday. I got thinking about creating a real 3D version of the chamber where a few of these paintings would sit, the walls and floors would be painted black with this strange tiled effect and maybe elements of sound might be used and it would be called “The Lancing Shed”.”


Max Gimson has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad and has been shortlisted for numerous prizes including “100 Painters Of Tomorrow” (Thames & Hudson) and “Through Tomorrow’s Eyes”, Wales’ International Contemporary Painting Prize. In 2012, he was chosen to exhibit work in “Playing in Pools”, Organhaus, Chongqing, China and is currently represented by Brighton-based galley Neue Froth Kunsthalle.



**(disclaimer: “The Lancing Shed” is not actually in Lancing)

Dress Code: None

Age Limits: 12+

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