5 questions for terry border (bent objects)

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Couldn’t we all use a good laugh everyday? For quite some time I’ve been relying on Indianapolis artist Terry Border’s quirky images that he creates for his website, Bent Objects, to get the job done (you might recall that I’m a big fan). Fortunately for all of us his talents were spotted by the right people, and just recently he released Bent Objects: The Secret Life of Everyday Things, a terrific book filled with his original, laugh-out-loud funny photographs. Terry’s appealing images showcase loads of visceral humor to make you howl, but are tempered with just enough thought and emotion to make you look twice. Think about it and look at that photo above (which also happens to be the cover of the book) – how many of us have ever felt like that potato chip walking in on his mate? Yup. Now raise your hand if you want to know more about the brains behind this wonderfully creative operation…

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Gigi: When I look at your collection of photographs, I’m immediately struck (and quite impressed) by your tremendously agile imagination. Do you find that your ideas flow easily, or do you have a more methodical approach when putting a new image together?

Terry: Basically, the idea just comes from out of the blue, or I think really hard about an object, then later when I don’t expect it, my subconscious makes a connection. Then I go “hey, that works!”

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G: Speaking of your subconscious, what’s the most outlandish idea you’ve had for an image but never photographed?

T: I honestly can’t think of one. If it’s a good idea, it gets made.  I started a more adult blog just so I didn’t ever have to censor myself.

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G: I know I howl out loud whenever your new images get published, and there is true freedom in the internet space, but I’m wondering now if you’ve ever shown your work in person and seen the impact it has up front and personal?

T: When I’ve given presentations to a group, it’s pretty cool to hear the laughs and get that kind of feedback. I enjoy that.  A lot of times though, I’m uncomfortable when an individual pages through my book for the first time with me there, and feels the pressure of “getting it” right away. Some of my images take a second or two to come together in your head, and having me around while that happens ruins the enjoyment for the person, and makes me feel strange too.

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G: I get that. I’ve had that feeling personally delivering my photographs to buyers and then wondering if they’ll like them in person.

I’m curious to know if you have a favorite part of your process, e.g., the handcrafting of the doodads or the actual taking of the photographs?

T: I would have two favorite parts of the process, I suppose. After I get a real vision for what the image is going to be about, and towards the end, when I’m really happy with the feel of it. In between those two points is a bunch of figuring things out.

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G: I’ll take the liberty of speaking for your fans here when I say you aren’t the only one who is happy when the image comes together at the end! You bring a lot of joy to people with the unique elements of humor and surprise in your work. Do you think you reveal any other aspects of your personality in your collection?

T: Oh, sure. I think whenever we create anything, we reveal stuff about ourselves. There are some images in the book that show some problems I have and deal with. The only one I’ll mention is the “At the Party” image, which is pretty autobiographical.

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G: Hmmm. I think we’ve all been there. Actually some of us might want to approach the one cheeto, er, person, that doesn’t seem to be like everyone else. Good things can happen.

I am cuckoo for cocoa puffs about your book and am secretly (now openly) hoping volume 2 is in the works. Thanks so much for treating all of us to a lighthearted, whimsical way of looking at the world, and sharing with us how you do it. You’ve got serious skills!

T: My pleasure, Gigi. Thanks for talking about Bent Objects.

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Pop over and say hi to Terry on his website, or stop by his Etsy shop. Purchase the book online at Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Amazon UK. It’s US $17.95, and published by Running Press.

Need I mention that it would make a most excellent gift for someone with a great sense of humor?

Yes. Yes, I think I should.

Thank you Terry!

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images of springtime, courtesy of etsy

i put a post up for the photographers of etsy team blog earlier this week, saying that I’m yearning for spring with all it’s soft freshness and optimism, and then i thought why not do a little something like that right here in this space too, because you can never get enough positive inspiration…

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in order, top to bottom:

  1. marigolds and the picket fencebricolagelife
  2. picadilly lace by jennifer squires
  3. partly cloudykristybee
  4. dark eyed juncomuddy river photos
  5. in the morningschamka
  6. plum zenmelissa beach
  7. lilies of the valleydiana brennan
  8. blue birdsgroovinpop
  9. i can feel you breathemichelle campbell-zurek
  10. greenvaleria h

     

     

 

 

 


the art of eric fortune

the delicately bold, poetically dynamic paintings and illustrations of ohio supertalent eric fortune.

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the light is stunning.

see more on eric’s website, say hi on his blog and purchase a beautful limited edition print (bottom photo) at paper tiger. he’s participating in a group show too, opening on april 25th, 2009 at the gallery nucleus, so pop over if you’re in or near los angeles.


dodge station pottery

my schedule is lightening a bit so i think i’ll be able to write a tad more this week, starting with the serene and simple wares from the napp family of wisconsin’s dodge station pottery. this stoneware collection is handmade of course, and frankly i would not be surprised a bit if the scenery surrounding them informs the work; they are situated in a bucolic village in central wisconsin. i am a big fan of unadorned dishware (letting the food on the plate be the show), and these pieces are as rustic and natural as can be.

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see more at their website, or make a purchase at their etsy shop.


ruth lyne glass

you may remember the talents of glass artist ruth lyne from the last time i wrote about her. she’s been busy in the kiln and has added some new larger scale panels of glass which are just as serene and beautiful as her tabletop collection.

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if you are lucky enough to be in london you can view her collection with the cohesion glass network at the affordable art fair in battersea park, from march 12-15, 2009. the rest of us non-travelers can admire her work on her website. 🙂


new veneers and blocks by michele bosak

you might remember i am a big fan of michele bosak. i really like these new pieces from her, keeping within her softly dreamy, vintage-styled theme. the blocks are made of solid wood and the veneer pieces of oak. each image is a xerox transferred by hand.

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see more at michele’s website and purchase these pieces at her etsy shop. if you are in the grand rapids area, you can check out some of her original work in person at noir (who doesn’t have a website up) right now, and coming up in seattle at the suite 100 gallery starting february 13th, 2009.


kareem rizk collage art

ooh am i loving these fun limited and open edition collage prints from melbourne graphic designer kareem rizk today. to create his traditional collages, kareem uses a multitude of materials including oil pastels, acrylics and pencil. he also uses digital techniques to add pieces to his collection. to me either technique produces a consistently meticulous assembled piece, with strong retro-modern influences and intelligent use of negative space.

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see more at kareem’s website and etsy shop. he’s also got some of his lovely bird prints available at thumbtack.


adrienne vita illustrations

portland artist adrienne vita’s latest series of drawings called time let me be and play is filled with casual playfulness. and lots and lots of hair. these pieces are made with watercolor, marker and ink.

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pretty darn fun.

purchase these pieces at adrienne’s etsy shop, say hi on her blog and see more at her website, arcane arts.


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