The Art of Cleanup: Artist Ursus Wehrli’s Playful Defiance of Life’s Chaos
Alphabet soup made alphabetical, and other treats of visual obsessiveness.
By Maria Popova
As a longtime fan of Swiss artist and comedian Ursus Wehrli’s playful crusade to organize the world, I was thrilled for the English release of The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy (public library). From bringing new meaning to ordering the cosmos to arranging alphabet soup in alphabetical order, his obsessive deconstruction and reorganization of life’s necessary small chaoses is at once utterly delightful and playfully philosophical, reminding us of the quintessential human longing to bring order to the chaos of life.
Published March 28, 2013