The order of the day
Swiss artist Ursus Wehrli likes things just so. Books, alphabet soup, car parks, even the night sky...
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 thingsorganizedneatly.tumblr.com, 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.
There comes a point where familiarity leads to contempt…
… and in terms of 'value ordered objects', I'm nearing the latter.
this guy definitely separated his smarties as a kid.
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