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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.

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Ojiichans Gift
Recognized Man
Haircut
The White Fleet
Greetings From Canada
Noisy Crows
The Small Hours
Cerberus
Screech
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