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After arriving in Montreal in January '08, I've spent the last year cooking, starting an herb garden, improving my french and taking a break from writing. I'm a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta in english and creative writing, with a bent towards poetry and fiction. One of my pieces of short fiction was published two springs ago in The Western Producer under the title "Dreams for Sale," and it deals with my childhood experience growing up on a farm north of Edmonton. In the future I hope to play frisbee, explore more of the content on Artistic Things, fix bicycles, continue my work with the Mankind Project, and go working on organic farms.

Paulsen’s machine guns fire notes of symphony

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May 8th, 2009

journey 302x400 Paulsens machine guns fire notes of symphony

Oslo-based Egil Paulsen might call himself a “full metal expressionist,” which is how he describes his work dealing with violence and expression.  Indeed, his corpus is comprised of a vivid and vast, sometimes brutal and jarring panorama.

But the beautiful poignancy which may also be found in his art  [ Continue Reading ]

Blow bubbles

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May 5th, 2009

bubble Blow bubbles

I don’t know what photographer Agata Logonowicz is trying to show me here, but it looks like something I wanna do. [ Continue Reading ]

“Mommy, what’s liver failure?”

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April 30th, 2009

tylenolbigbrother 550x275 Mommy, whats liver failure?

From marketing firm Vale Euro RSCG comes this line of advertisements for Tylenol.  For you unilingual anglophones out there, the spots address “those certain questions that are headaches.”  The Tylenol brand is owned by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary whose focus is to market prescription drugs.

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Damn! All my breezy fashion is totally unnecessary!

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April 29th, 2009

burberry sport spring 2009 04 300x400 Damn! All my breezy fashion is totally unnecessary!

Three big who-gives-a-shits to Burberry Sport’s Spring/Summer 2009 collection[ Continue Reading ]

Martin & Munoz’s life force is tangible

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April 28th, 2009

martinandmunoz 1 585x399 Martin & Munozs life force is tangible

New York duo Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz have a bewildering knack for manifesting what I’ll delicately call “life force.”  They are equally adept at realistic sculpture as they are in creating fairy tale microcosms (they’re particularly well known for their mind-blowing snowglobes).  In both cases they achieve maximum effect through the allowance of space to the terrible and the fantastic, and in any event their work is wondrous to behold. [ Continue Reading ]

My friend Bob Sacamano can get you all the cable you want!

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April 27th, 2009

01tumble My friend Bob Sacamano can get you all the cable you want!

Illustrator Christoph Neimann’s “My Life With Cables” is missing something.  Something important.  Something essential.  My guess is that it’s missing a subject that isn’t already mundanely annoying enough without appearing in well-known publications read all over the continent. [ Continue Reading ]

To infinity…

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April 25th, 2009

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On March 5, 2009, Massachusetts aviation company Terrafugia launched the first-ever successful flight of the Transition, a “roadable aircraft” a.k.a. flying car.  [ Continue Reading ]

Open casket, of course

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April 24th, 2009

27 07 2008 0015683001217150134 izima kaoru Open casket, of course

Tokyo photographer Izima Kaoru has built his reputation on idealizing death.  His “Landscapes With A Corpse” continues the trend, featuring models in what would be their perfect obituary vignettes.  [ Continue Reading ]

Look Mom – no clue!

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April 23rd, 2009

woodwood fall winter 2009 front Look Mom   no clue!

Maybe Danish designer Wood Wood had a different junior high school experience than I did.  Perhaps that’s why their 2009 Autumn/Winter collection seems not only to reconnect with but to amplify the awkwardness of personality and incohesiveness of style which so typified that period for me and many other complete losers I know.  [ Continue Reading ]

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