Ursus Wehrli

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Topographer, comedian and artist, Ursus Wehrli was born in Aarau, Switzerland in 1969. In the last 15 years he has been part of a comedian duo, called Ursus & Nadeschkin extremely famous in the German-speaking world. This has played a vital role in him producing such comical and innovative works of art.

Wehril caused a stir in 2002 with the project "Tidy- Up Art" in which he deconstructed the works of famous artists and reconstructed them to fit his own slightly more ordered view of the world. In addition to the art found in his first book "Tidy up art", Ursus has published a second book where he combines photography with performance art. This includes Alphabet Soup, Sunbathing Lawn, Fruit Bowl and many others. In the spring of 2012, he was asked to design a stamp for the Swiss Post. (some of his works can be found inside the envelope on the opposite page)

To say Ursus Wehrli is an appropriate artist for my theme Order VS Disorder, is an understatement. This idea is constantly present throughout his work, as he captures everyday events on camera. He has used photography as the medium through which he explores the contrast found in the world we live in. By choosing to study an artist like Ursus, I am challenging myself to investigate a diverse form of photography. With inspiration from some of his various works of art, I will photograph my own images of what I perceive to be ordered and disordered as well as looking into deconstruction and reconstruction.

Rather than narrowing down my theme to a style of photography, or a certain landscape or physical theme, I have chosen an abstract concept. This does not mean photography is not the focal point of my project – on the contrary, I will capture events, scenes and moments still attempting to ensure photographic quality, with a focus of using correct exposure management and lighting.
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