Kyiv . Ya Gallery Art Center
Walk on Forest Paths
12.03.2014 – 05.04.2014
Andriy Sagaidakovsky's range of themes to a great extent originates in his old hobbies that overtime only acquire new depth through re-thinking and reliving, plots migrating on the surface of the carpets. “Walk on Forest Paths" is not an exception. The very title breathes with a distinct mood, familiar from hiking of Martin Heidegger – perhaps the most influential philosopher in Sagaidakovsky's life, portrayed and quoted by the artist. Because of this, the exhibition has its own pace, slower than a car's or even a bike's movement haunted by everyday, a pace of a secluded vacation.
According to the author, the exhibition is a collection of a series of works, the oldest of them dated 1998, and the newest – 2013, and refers to a possible for every artist situation, when “emotions go beyond the limit" and the overstrain of life pulls them away from work. Having not touched a brush for several months, Sagaidakovsky brought to Kyiv the carpets that he himself calls “old", though, no doubt, they are timely.
“Walk..." incorporated motifs that the viewer is already familiar with from the past exhibitions. This is a attempt to engage in a dialogue under any circumstances of misunderstanding, replaying relations with western artists, framing the “unknown", etc. But centration of these motifs is built for other optics. The earliest carpets are about space. They reflect on the connection between the unviolated nature and the human, regardless of whether there is a barrier between them (as in his work “Twilight.Landscape outside the Window", 2013), or there is none (“Look! Don't Get Lost" 2006), or the existence of an obstacle generally has a status of a chimerical fence (“Walk on Forest Paths", 2013). Carpet acquires an authentic nature – it becomes a natural area, a garden or a forest, that you can “take with you", or, conversely, lose yourself in it. Both literally and metaphysically. Like in the forest among the trees that control the time – and in the calmness of memory, from which a floral ornament emerges like Japan (“Dialogues", 2013) that refers to the “japanese-western" project “Talks" and to Heidegger's dialogue with a Japanese. Childish “grimaces" in the spirit of Francis Bacon (another Sagaidakovsky's “teacher") surface or the “Portrait of an Old Woman", that no only “repeats", but reminds of Rembrandt.
Unlike the previous projects, overfilled with the “energy of misunderstanding" relentless dialogues, of which, according to Sagaidakovsky, real life consists and art is created, “Walk on the Forest Paths" holds back the ardor of these discussions. For the not so meaningless one-sided communication, that allows to hear the Existence, to have its time. To hear it during a focused and unobtrusive walk. To hear it with the eye.