The complex but strangely compelling Visi-Roses of Bjarni H. Þórarinsson are part of a vast undertaking that began in 1987. In these delicate pencil drawings, language is merged into a formal, visual presentation – language and image become one. These works are based on long lists of words where Bjarni explores the possibilities for compounding words and ideas to achieve a general overview of a particular realm of human thought. In the images, these compound words are freed from the linear form of the list and, instead, take on the form of a circle or wheel where all are connected in a single movement, offering endless possibilities for interpretation and understanding.

Selected Works


BERG  Contemporary
BERG Contemporary
Smiðjustígur 10
Klapparstígur 16
101 Reykjavík
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