GDF Simms

Shadow Men

Artist Residency | Frans Masereel Centrum | September 2012

While working in the silkscreen studio at the Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium, I became interested in using shadow shapes as a point of departure for creating narratives. Beginning with a simple, dark, and vaguely figurative shape I used a reductive screen printing process. The only known when I began the process was the shape of the shadow. I found the pace of the process itself began to assist in creating the content. More details were added with each each colour and a loose narrative developed within this shadow format. I found it interesting to mix a graphic and visually direct language with loose and improvisational content. Through the reductive screen printing process, the shadow space became a repository for narrative content that was further subdivided with each colour added to the composition. The process of layering colour adapted the improvised, time-based narrative into a simultaneous format.

Flower Market
Greetings From Canada
The Fernie Curse
The Secretaries
Ice Time
Love Your Pet
Recognized Man
The White Fleet
Ojiichans Gift
Shadow Men
Using Rain
Summer Camp Memories
Ghormenghast Ghormenghast Ghormenghast
The Feminine Force
The Breeders
The Walrus Reads
ATB Mural
A-List Series
Noisy Crows
Marching Band
A Culinary Exchange
Standard Issues
Rock Modern
The Beach
The Small Hours
Rob Ford