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Ursus Wehrli

Ursus Wehrli is a left-handed, broad-thinking, professional typographer. His first book Tidying up Art is a visionary manifesto that took well-known artworks and put them back together in his more rational, more organized, and cleaner form of modern art. In his newest book The Art of Clean Up Wehrli extended his discerning eye into the physical world to tidy up common daily situations. He is currently working on sorting things that are normally too big to organize.

Besides bringing order to environments and artwork, Wehrli has delighted audiences for over a quarter of a century with his comedy-duo Ursus & Nadeschkin, touring in Zurich, Berlin, London, Melbourne, and New York. The duo has won many awards including the Reinhart Ring and the New York Comedy Award, among others. Ursus Wehrli lives in Zurich as a comedian, live performer, and freelance artist, and can be hired to perform to put things in (his) order.

Supported, in part, by swissnex San Francisco.

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The Art Of Clean Up

TYPO San Francisco 2013, April 11, 2013, 1:00 pm (Lam Research Theater)

Artist and comedian Ursus Wehrli shares his vision for a cleaner, more organized, tidier form of art — by deconstructing the paintings of modern masters into their component pieces, sorted by color and size. Beyond the whimsy, of course, is a serious message, to honor and balance creativity and messiness, form and chaos.