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Helen Gallagher BlogCritics, October 14, 2009
“Can you create the Statue of Liberty out of a burger and fries? Do you have the imagination to stage a boxing match between two bananas? There is a seriously talented mind at work in Bent Objects: The Secret Life of Everyday Things. This art book / gift book / humor-photo collection will inspire and amuse the reader. But chances are the author's alma mater will not be amused, since this project is the result of a costly degree in Fine Arts Photography. But fine, fun art it is…”

Detroit Metro Times
“Compact and conceptually entertaining."

About the Author

Terry Border still resides in the town he was raised in, Indianapolis, Indiana. He shares a small house with his wife, daughter, and a very friendly cat. Please visit him at www.bentobjects.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; First Printing edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762435623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762435623
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.3 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Paul Overton on October 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Lately, I've been immersing myself in business and personal development-type books and hadn't realized how badly I just needed something "fun" to read until I got Bent Objects in the mail. Back in March, I featured some of Terry Border's work on DudeCraft and became an instant fan of his clever scenes involving pocket combs, flowers, circus peanuts and cheese doodles. The book Bent Objects continues in the tradition of Terry's blog, featuring funny and sometimes dark scenes from the lives of the inanimate objects that surround us.

In less skillful hands, I imagine that a project like this could get tiresome fairly quickly, but Border's Far Side-type take on things keeps surprising the reader, page after page, and the way that he is able to create such vivid characters out of bits of wire and things from his fridge is nothing short of amazing. I continually found myself empathizing with eggs that were about to be beaten, hot dogs that were shunned by buns, and toilet paper rolls after a rough day at the office.

In addition to the characters Border creates, he also includes a nice introduction in the book that details his journey from childhood to a career in photography to the defining moment that led him to making tiny wire sculptures out of stuff in his house. He also provides commentary and sketches on a selection of pieces throughout the book that shed light on the genesis of some of his ideas. Finally, in the back of the book, there's a nifty "how-to" section that shows you how to make your own characters out of corks and wire.

If your looking for a great gift with which to kick off your Christmas shopping, Bent Objects would be a perfect fit for the creative and clever folks on your list.
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I have two degrees in Photography, and I love the medium. This book, however, was brought home because someone thought it would appeal to the humor of a 9 year old girl. It since has become a favorite of the entire house.

The funny thing (and the pictures are really really funny) about that is that this appeals to me both for its humor, and for its photographic sensibilities. As funny and in many ways nonsensical as these pictures are, they are also very serious works of art. Much in the way that William Wegman's photographs of Weimaraners (gray dogs) dressed up in costumes, or the somewhat absurd self portraits of Cindy Sherman. There is in these pictures something remarkable. They're like gesture drawings, in that they capture emotion with such minimal cues. They are not mundane.
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Terry Border has a unique gift for giving life to everyday objects. After going through the book to find the humor at surface level, there is still a wealth of goodness to be had. The text that accompanies many of the pictures adds character, and the amazing attention to detail help make this a book you'll want to share. You'll never look at a cheese doodle the same way again.
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By Lissy on January 10, 2012
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I really liked looking through this book before giving to brother in law. He's a real creative type person who always is doodling on napkins and scraps of paper. He loved this. Great gift. There were very clever scenes that really had me cracking up.
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Should be the question running through one's mind when reading or more correctly, seeing this book. Terry Border is doing some amazing things with cheese puffs, cacti, and paper clips among other things. This book is perfect for any moment of semi unhappiness. The photography is pretty straight forward and simple, the magic lies in the sculptures he makes using everyday things to convey ackward moments of inadequancy in so many social situations. Who hasn't felt out of place at a fancy party from time to time, like a cheese puff at a tapas party? Or wondered why a beautiful girl is with such a loser ala a rose mating with a cactus? I wish I would have picked it up sooner, it lives in my car right now ready to be pulled out at any occasion.
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I've had an empty coffee table for years, but when I read about this book I knew it was exactly what I wanted. Just a creative, funny book for people to skim through. If anything I would have liked if it were a little larger.
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Cute and quirky display piece for my bookshelf. It has attracted attention and gotten some laughs. Was going to use it for a coffee table book but I found a much larger, more "coffee table size" book for that.
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I ordered a copy of this book after seeing a few images online and I was not disappointed. I would recommend that people check out the author's blog before purchasing, since some of the humor is a little twisted and not for everyone. The pictures can be subtle, crude, entertaining, sad, shocking, and thought-provoking (some all at once).
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