So apparently there is a verb for this and it's called "knolling". It's the method of organising things neatly. This book based on a website is curated by Austin Radcliffe, who describes the aesthetic of precision as injecting meaning into random objects as we infer relationships and stories between the objects.
For me, in this chaotic world, these pictures inspire a sense of calm and relaxation. In general it seems that people are drawn to the order of the grid, to parallel lines and right angles. It's the penchant for precision that makes these images so satisfying.
I like that artist Tom Sachs makes a point that knolling is not related to obsessive- compulsive disorder as this is a rational construct which is not based on fear or ritual. There is often a practical purpose for knolling, as scientists will use this method for classification or collectors may do this to show reverence to their collection.
Some of my favourite images from the book are seen above. The middle image is of lollies arranged by artist Sam Kaplan. He is famous for food arrangements. The watermelon cloud raining seeds artwork is by Berlin based artist Sarah Illenberger. Below left is a food arrangement by Florent Tanet, a French photographer. Bottom right is kitchen food and implements by Carl Kleiner. He has very interesting arrangements of raw ingredients and he photographs catalogues for IKEA.
Here is a link for the Things Organised Neatly website and facebook page. I'm a big fan !
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Sacha Grossel is a practising Visual Artist from Australia.