Bent Objects: The Secret Life of Everyday Things (Anglais) Relié – 3 septembre 2009
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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.
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.