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First Name
Morgan
Last Name
Toane
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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.

The centre of attention

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Twain
April 7th, 2009

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What to say about the vast space created by Luke Byrne’s photography?  Ever more confounding is how he’s done it through relatively enclosed, concentrated frames.  He draws focus away from the ocean and into the girl; a message in red ribbon pulses on the floor of a crowded room; from the darkness he forces concessions for the upstart patch of spotlight.

And through this effect, one experiences a visual inhalation.  [ Continue Reading ]

I’ll have a picnic in my bathroom

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April 6th, 2009

I’m tempted to believe it’s fake, and mindblown when I consider that it’s real.  That’s where I’m left after watching Keith Loutit’s “Bathtub IV,” one of a growing collection of his time-elapsed videos. [ Continue Reading ]

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Don’t shrink from that gaze

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April 3rd, 2009

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In that hundredth hour of knowing someone and finally seeing them, whether it be from hearing their shameless laughter, how they enforce personal boundaries, or perhaps it’s finally the right moment to put on that particular album – the subjects of Edin Jahic’s blunt and brutal portraits are revealed. [ Continue Reading ]

It’s in the paper

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April 2nd, 2009

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Remember those kids in your grade 2 class who really, really appreciated plasticine, or finger painting, or oh, I don’t know…making paper cutouts?  And thinking back you wonder if (and secretly hope) they just kept on going, never looking back, having already discovered their true calling resonating unswayingly within their pure and innocent hearts?

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Live life in whatever moment

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Twain
March 31st, 2009

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Tired of knowing the entire time…all at once?  Pierre Kunz‘ Vertigo watch model offers separate faces for the hour, minute, AND second (eat the other half of your heart out, Harvey Dent!).  Check out the rest of Kunz’ 2009 Watch line at Selectism.com.

Zolland gives Volvo the Flux Capacitor

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Twain
March 30th, 2009

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Hailing from a farm outside of small town Alberta, I like to think I have a notion of what a pickup truck is.  Any truck up until the mid-nineties – with the mid- to late-seventies as the heyday by my reckoning – had a certain character, not to mention mechanical disposition, that seemed to make those machines run longer, be more dependable, and inspire endless country musicians to song.

As it turns out, designer Bo Zolland has an entirely different notion[ Continue Reading ]

The more-than-two-dimensional girl

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March 26th, 2009

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It would suffice for the illustrations of Stina Persson to seize my attention with the same cool, bar-coded glove any i-Ad or 15-second Coke spot would (after all, the colossal cola company is one in a long list of her notable clients).  The female figures found in her sketches, stencils, and paintings (often all on the same canvas) exude the prototypical mixture of alluring despair and exuberance fatale that would quench any sucker with a superficial thirst for the Classic type.

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Introducing… Twain

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Twain
March 26th, 2009

Hello and bonjour.

Originally kicking up dirt on a farm north of Edmonton (my first publication was in an agricultural rag), I now live in Montreal’s Mile End, where rent is cheap, the french is free, and catching Leonard Cohen with a bagel in his mouth is priceless.  Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the blog.

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