The joint exhibition “Sacred Forest” by Valeriy Pchelin and Igor Mikhailenko is held in the Erarta Museum. It is showcasing abstract paintings and sculptural objects.
The project’s title, Sacred Forest, alludes to Norse mythology and its version of the emergence of the world from chaos. A sanctuary reserved for ceremonies, the sacred forest manifests itself to those who step outside the limits of everyday existence. This mysterious and enchanting realm takes on the form of a deity inducing the ambivalent feelings of awe and rapture. Art is also a kind of a sacred forest, accessible only to the chosen few.
For both artists, shape and colour are the principal forms of expression. That said, while Pchelin’s objects see him ponder over the presence of metaphysical beings, Mikhailenko’s large-scale paintings reflect what happens to us when we finally encounter the metaphysical.
The sacred forest is a place of oblivion. The understanding, or rather, realization of its meaning comes only upon leaving it. After a while, inner emptiness should fill with new contents informed by this experience. Be that as it may, you will change forever.