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The order of the day

Art, Books, Photography

Posted by Mark Sinclair, 1 March 2013, 15:56    Permalink    Comments (5)

Afterwards: better

Swiss artist Ursus Wehrli likes things just so. Books, alphabet soup, car parks, even the night sky...

Before: messy

Published today by Chronicle Books is Wehri's own document of his orderly creativity, The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy, which features a wide range of his rather obsessive style of photography. It's an aesthetic that seems to have wide appeal, too – from our favourite order-obsessed Tumblr, to Carl Kleiner's minimalist images for IKEA.

And there is nothing he won't organise – be it by colour, by shape or size, or even, in the aforementioned soup, alphabetical order (naturally). Having arranged his pieces he then photographs the results and, in the book, presents the work as a before and after shot in each case.

The Art of Clean Up out now, from Chronicle (£9.99). See for more details. Wehrli's site is and his recent TED talk is also here.


There comes a point where familiarity leads to contempt…

… and in terms of 'value ordered objects', I'm nearing the latter.
2013-03-01 17:50:54

this guy definitely separated his smarties as a kid.
2013-03-04 11:57:02

2013-03-05 17:39:40

2013-03-06 13:58:14

Captivating stuff... the desire for order
2013-03-09 01:35:28

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