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.

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