header print

Bent Objects - Funny and Creative!

With some well-placed wire, creative lighting and a provocative sense of visual puns, sculptor and photographer Terry Border has given life to everything from peanuts to pill bottles. His cleverly cartoonish scenes are often viral hits on the internet and they’ve brought his blog, Bent Objects, a global audience. Each photo has a little joke or morale to tell, and each photo is unique.

I don’t mean for everything to be funny,” says Border, who lives in Indianapolis. “We all have different perspectives and my perspective happens to be kind of strange and twisted.

bent objects funny

Originally, Border says, his bent-object sculptures and photo scenes came about almost by accident. He studied photography in school and initially made his living as a commercial photographer. When that grew old he tried cartooning, then landed in sculpture. “I couldn’t have planned it if I tried,” says Border, who has published two books and is currently working on several new projects.

bent objects funny

Border had always liked Alexander Calder, the artist who is credited with inventing the mobile, which inspired his initial figures to be made of just bent wire. But he quickly started adding things like wine corks to give them more mass. Eventually, Border noticed that some inanimate objects conjured images of animals or lent themselves to representing humans. He would make a bug out of a sharpened pencil, with the tip representing the stinger, for example, or he would use pears to represent male and female bodies.

bent objects funny

Instead of storyboarding or sketching his scenes out, Border said the best ones just come to him. Take Mail Order Bride, for example. He used to work as a baker in a grocery store and one day while leaving work he passed by a display of real lemons sitting next to a box of plastic lemons. As he walked by he thought, if those lemons were alive, “how would they associate with each other?” The plastic lemons appeared almost doll-like next to the real ones, prompting him to think about humans and their dolls. The final shot gives an idea of his thought process.

bent objects funny

Initially, Border tried selling the sculptures, without much success. Then he started taking their photos and posting them on his blog. The photos not only broadened his audience, they also allowed him to create a more sophisticated narrative. Different kinds of lighting could set the mood, and the occasional well-placed dollhouse prop could fill in the story. The perspective of the photographs also became important, where Border has to “control your eye to tell the story.”

bent objects funny
 
bent objects funny
 
bent objects funny
 
bent objects funny
 
bent objects funny
 
bent objects funny
 
bent objects funny
 
bent objects funny
 
bent objects funny
 
bent objects funny
 
bent objects funny
 
bent objects funny
 
bent objects funny
 
bent objects funny
 
bent objects funny
 
bent objects funny
 
bent objects funny
 
bent objects funny
 
bent objects funny
 
bent objects funny
 
bent objects funny
 
Sign Up Free
Did you mean:
Related Topics: amazing, art, photos, photo, bent objects
Sign Up Free
Did you mean: