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.

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