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Bjarni H. Þórarinsson

Bjarni H. Þórarinsson (b. 1947) studied fine arts at The Icelandic College of Art and Crafts between 1973-1977 and graduated from the New Art Department. He finished a university entrance examination from the Reykjavik Junior College, department of mathematics, in 1968.

In 1977 Bjarni, along with other artists, founded the gallery Suðurgata 7, an important platform for contemporary avant-garde arts at the time. The gallery was involved in the publication of the journal Svart á hvítu (Black on White) where new ideas and practices in art and culture were presented. Bjarni was also one of the founding members of The Living Arts Museum in 1978. In the early years of his career Bjarni created works in the spirit of Fluxus and Neo-Dada, composing and performing happenings, performances and screenplays.

His art practice took a new direction in 1987 when he laid the foundation for an intellectual system called Visiology. The system takes into consideration all elements of existence, the visual arts, philosophy, language, morphology and semantics, which he visualises in Visio-Roses. The system is a work in process and new terms and concepts are still being created as research, as philosophy and linguistic analysis are merged. Bjarni has exhibited in all major museums in Iceland and widely abroad. His work can be found in public as well a private collections.


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