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The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy This is a book of before after photographs of objects scenes tableaux the artist photographer has deconstructed and put in order that is, sorted usually according to color that is, gradations of color material, etc Actually, the effect is both disturbing and satisfying it s perfect for the OCD tendencies in all of us, I suppose On pages 4, a small pine branch is taken apart and sorted on page 5 the result is both sad, given that the magic of trees in general can thus be reduced t This is a book of before after photographs of objects scenes tableaux the artist photographer has deconstructed and put in order that is, sorted usually according to color that is, gradations of color material, etc Actually, the effect is both disturbing and satisfying it s perfect for the OCD tendencies in all of us, I suppose On pages 4, a small pine branch is taken apart and sorted on page 5 the result is both sad, given that the magic of trees in general can thus be reduced to an orderly arrangement but also a pleasing design or arrangement of forms, graphic design wise On page 6, an overhead photograph of a bowl of alphabet soup, is on page 7 literally sorted out by letter and carrot cubes, on page 8 I m sure this book would appeal to Marie Kondo, or other quasi obsessive organizers Again, the design of the square of neatly arranged groups letters in alphabetical order naturally is satisfying I suppose the preference for order, symmetry is probably an innate human trait organization over chaos Perhaps because it s easier to understand forms contents if they are neatly organized On page 8, a large number of colorful clothes hanging on what seems to be a community clothesline area, is on page 9 sorted according to color spectrum, stating with the dark colors black, then green, and deep blues, the brights pink, red, orange, and finally the lights pale blue and white Of course the effect is somehow extremely pleasing I think the spectrum gradation of violet to yellow of course ispleasing than the jumbled mass of clothing in the before photo In the next deconstruction or rearrangement a subway map is broken down into its component pieces station signs grouped together, terminus signs grouped together, names of stations grouped together in a box shape text collection, and finally the subway lines are themselves straightened out and simply arranged according to size The effect is of course muchorderly, but in this case, somewhat sad as if the mystery and challenge of reading a complicated subway map can be broken down into its component parts, a mere collection of orderly lines, simplified In the next pair of photos, an overhead photograph shows people are milling around in an open plaza, the next photo shows the same people laying down on the pavement lined up according to garment color, with their skateboards grouped together in a separate row, ditto segways, knapsack, and even the two balls some kids were playing with Actually, the effect is rather unsettling can life really be broken down into categories this way Is grouping things together according to type and garment color fun or grim Is randomness chaosfun or less The next before and after photos are oddly satisfying, at least to me On the left, a Christmas tree sitting in a green glass base is decked out with electric candles, globes, and a silver metallic topmost spire, along with thick silver and green plastic garlands The next photo shows the deconstructed tree all components neatly arranged in rows, the tree reduced to a bundle of wooden planks neatly gathered together, and the pine needles in a neat conical pile The magic of the Christmas tree reduced to its physical component parts I do like Christmas but the cliches and forced jollity of the holiday season, the commercialism and so forth, I find annoying at times Next photo An overhead shot of a kid playing with many toys pails, shovels, dump trucks, and so forth, in a sand box Next photo Same kid is sitting on the edge of the sandbox, looking at the sandbox which has now been neatly smoothed over and the toys arranged by type digging tools together, dump trucks in a row together, pails together, etc This is sort of a sad image because I think kids enjoy creating chaos or exploring when they play Making a mess must be part of the creative process of learning exploring The next two photos are a gimmick on the left is a photo of a starry night sky, on the right, the stars have been arranged according to brightness in neat groupings This works on a graphic design level I suppose, but the image of a starry sky is so ingrained as a wondrous sight it s creepy to see the same stars artificially lined up and grouped together in categories according to brightness Next, a giant bin of containing the artist half buried within a colorful assortment of MMs is the next photo sorted out according to giant color stripes with the artist laying down above looking over at the now tidy bin The bold stripes of color remind me of the color blocks of national flags this image really doesn t do much for me one way or another It s similar to the gimmick photo of the sorted out stars The next two photos show a weathered shed, with chickens wandering around out front with a rooster prominently placed in the middle of the flock In the next photo, chicken eggs are arranged as per a triangle shape of billiard balls, with the chicks now inside the shed and the rooster walking up the ramp to his domain This is I suppose cute I suppose one could say the rooster represents authoritarianism and the flock of chaotic chickens freedom Maybe that s reading too much into these before and after photos Next, two overhead shots before and after of people by a pool, on a green lawn, spread out on blankets, beach towels, lounge chairs, under beach umbrellas and so forth, the next photo the blankets are grouped according to the color spectrum, and the people are simply lined up laying down in rows on the grass, with no discernible pattern other than in rows, with their accessories lined up in separate rows I guess this is cute but also neither here nor there Not sure if other than the color gradation of the colors of the towels, beach chairs, which is pleasant enough this pair of photos really works Next, a paper plate of fries ketchup is in the next photo reduced to groups of five fries four in each group with the fifth placed on top cross wise alongside an overturned paper plate and a dollop of ketchup all very orderly, clean and neat This is somewhat gimmicky, although humorous Most of us would never look at fries this way so I suppose the organized treatment of a common food, does make the viewer think Next, a Chinese character sign is in the next photo broken down and grouped according to component parts of the characters Very clever but looking at Chinese this way must be disconcerting to a Chinese person I suppose Next, a parking lot contained a random assortment of cars parked randomly is organized by color spectrum ranging from deep red through ochre yellow to dark greed and deep blue with white silver and grey cars grouped by color in the top row is as pleasing as the laundry organization photograph The cars in the after photo are now grouped by color, according to the color spectrum, and are now neatly parked Of course parking lots and life never looks like this The next two photos are really impressive in a let s finally get rid of all the magic in life way a small nosegay of flowers and folliage is in the facing photograph recued to a stark arrngement of stems, leaves, flowers, buds Very striking, very effective but also sad Yes, the organization of the flowers in rows is pleasing in a way the way repeated designs ornamentation is pleasing but the romantic magic of a bouquet of flowers, is absent in the orderly or quantified photograph The intact flower bouquet is filled with life the line up of flowers and leaves, dissected, ripped apart yes, we can clearly see the flowers and leaves, and they are I suppose pleasingly arranged in rows, but the magic of the plants and flowers has evaporated The next two photos are evendevastating On the left, a mass of skiers is shown on a slope the next photo shows only their skis and poles, grouped together in rows No people, no chaos only neat rather desiccated looking rows of skis poles Next, a bowl of fruit with whipped cream is you guessed it turned into rows of neatly sliced apples, kiwi, orange sections, banana, berries As an additional visual joke even the spots on the bowl have now been removed from the bowl are now placed in a row alongside the rows of fruit Next, 4 shoppers are on line to check out at a deli each with shopping baskets of groceries In the facing photo, the same shoppers wait on line but now each is holding baskets of groceries sorted according to color first shopper only green groceries products, next white items, next yellow, next blue On the counter, only red items Cute but gimmicky Next, an overhead shot of carp goldfish with neatly arranged rectangular fish sticks in a square white porcelain baking dish in the facing photograph Sorta grim since the fish look so happy and free swimming around Maybe that s the point of the book freedom life vs order death The final photo is perhaps the saddest of them all A single daisy appears in an overhead shot, in a green field The next photo shows the central yellow fuzzy portion of the flower, by itself, alongside a row of all its carefully plucked petals Again all the charm and life is taken out of the beautiful flower as it is reduced to organization or design It s telling that this simple yet powerful image is the final photograph The books end papers show first an image of incredible sloppiness a jumpe of things MMs, miniature national flags, model cars, photographs, postage stamps, clothespins, dice, potato chips, matches, popcorn, paper clips, rubber bands, coins, a plastic triangle the ones used for drafting or geometry , color pencils, everything in a wonderful jumble In fact, this is what my desk almost looks like there are MMs but in a jar, and most of the rest of the mess is a mass of post its, notes to myself, books, files, etc In the end paper at the end of the book, the popcorn is back on to an ear of corn the potato chips have been re incorporated into a potato, the cars are now lined up as per color, the flags are grouped together in a row, the rubber bands are now gathered together in piles according to color the matches are now not used not burnt and grouped together in a row, the colored pencils are in a row according to the color spectrum, the MMs are in rows grouped according to color even the photographs now show before after orderly images in comparison with the photos in the before end paper The image of Van Gogh s famous Sunflowers painting in the before photo is now a photo of a bottle of sunflower oil in the after end paper and the coins are now transformed into a dollar bill Even the triangle has been straightened out into a ruler Hah Anyway, this is a cute perhaps astonishing book of photographs of a project the artist undertook It s oddly pleasing yet often disconcerting, even depressing at times A person can review the photos in a few minutes some will make you laugh, others perhaps groan Still, the photos may make you think of things differentlyanalytically It s a cute concept well photographed Life madeorderly although life is really never that orderly Maybe that s the book s or project s message The modern world can get messy Fortunately, Swiss artist Ursus Wehrli is a man of obsessive order, as he demonstrates with eye catching surprise in The Art of Clean Up Already a bestseller in Germany, this compulsive title has sold than , copies in less than a year, and the fastidiously arranged images have garnered blog love from NPR, Brain Pickings, swissmiss, and Tapping into the desire for organization and the insanity of ber order, Wehrli humorously categorizes everyday objects and situations by color, size, and shape He arranges alphabet soup into alphabetical order, sorts the night sky by star size, and aligns sunbathers accoutrements all captured in bright photographs sure to astonish even the pickiest of neat freaks Delightful, laugh out loud OCD Wehrli is a fellow traveler on the road to organizing all the stuff that organizing will not benefit A visual pun, an extraordinary journey Love this book Thanks to Natalie for recommending This is clever, poignant, fun, funny, attractively composed and did i say funny as in hilarious Really enjoyed this I loved the work of Ursus Wehrli as soon as I saw it He takes every day settings and objects, and breaks them down, grouping the items in columns according to a new order.The order could be determined by size, colour or any number of factors, but it s very amusing to see what he does with objects in a bowl of fruit salad demonstrated on the cover, left or a car park full of cars.I love the way this artist thinks, and by looking at his work I really appreciate his way of seeing the world and t I loved the work of Ursus Wehrli as soon as I saw it He takes every day settings and objects, and breaks them down, grouping the items in columns according to a new order.The order could be determined by size, colour or any number of factors, but it s very amusing to see what he does with objects in a bowl of fruit salad demonstrated on the cover, left or a car park full of cars.I love the way this artist thinks, and by looking at his work I really appreciate his way of seeing the world and the effort he sometimes goes to in order to achieve his re ordering of the world The Art Of Clean Up Life Made Neat And Tidy is a fabulous, funny and clever book I recommend for all ages I think kids in particular will enjoy emulating the Wehrli style Do you like it when things are in order Or organized by size Or color Do you like looking at pictures Yeah You may have OCD And you ll love this book nice idea This is an interesting enough book, but less engaging maybe than I expected it to be My favourite bit was the inside covers, front and back, which at least were a bit cheeky the front inside cover had, for example, popcorn, random scattered coins and potato chips Then the back inside cover had a cob of corn, a single US dollar bill, a potato, and a container of paprika More clever, the front had a bunch of flags, including the US flag and the Greek flag, then on the back there were simplifie This is an interesting enough book, but less engaging maybe than I expected it to be My favourite bit was the inside covers, front and back, which at least were a bit cheeky the front inside cover had, for example, popcorn, random scattered coins and potato chips Then the back inside cover had a cob of corn, a single US dollar bill, a potato, and a container of paprika More clever, the front had a bunch of flags, including the US flag and the Greek flag, then on the back there were simplified versions of all the flags the US flag became the Chilean flag split in half with a red band across the bottom, the top left third is blue with a single white star and the right two thirds is a white band and the Greek flag became the flag of Finland The rest of the book I don t know, it was fine, but was kind of a five minute flip through and then I was done Mental.Ursus Wehrli is mental.I won t deny that this book has it s quirky charm but I just couldn t shake that the author has a serious OCD issue With an alarming undercurrent of psychosis Granted, it was fun to see some things in a completely different way the pattern of the parts and some order in the chaos, but some of the tongue in cheek humor was a wee bit disconcerting like changing the pool of fish into a platter of fish sticks Hmmmmmm.It does make you think though.And it makes m Mental.Ursus Wehrli is mental.I won t deny that this book has it s quirky charm but I just couldn t shake that the author has a serious OCD issue With an alarming undercurrent of psychosis Granted, it was fun to see some things in a completely different way the pattern of the parts and some order in the chaos, but some of the tongue in cheek humor was a wee bit disconcerting like changing the pool of fish into a platter of fish sticks Hmmmmmm.It does make you think though.And it makes me realize that I m infinitely glad that I don t have the OCD compulsion to arrange my stuff into crazy patterns and details This is a very unusual picture book and ideal well maybe for any OCD people in your life adults or kids It is wordless and one page shows things mixed up like laundry on a close line the facing page shows the same scene but with the clothes ordered by color It is very cleverly done and I can see kids and adults getting a big kick out of it.


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