The gallery opens its new season with a solo exhibition of this mysterious artist from St. Petersburg. Fyodor Hiroshige, also known as the mushroom man, lives in St. Petersburg, and at times is found in other territories. For the last couple of years, Fedor has shared the studio with another master of woodwork, the artist Nestor Engelke, but they have different relationships with this material. Engelke prefers to show that wooden is wooden. Hiroshige, on the other hand, makes the wood surface resemble a scroll, a faded photograph, a book cover or a glass mosaic, revealing many unexpected properties hidden in each plank. Sawdust is one of the main characters in this exhibition. In a universe rolled up in the exhibition space, they emerge from a horn of plenty - the main source of blessings. Scraps in which the structure of the wood is still translucent, or quite small, turned into dust, are used by the artist to create the textures of the panels. According to Hiroshige, the process is reminiscent of vector graphics, where any image is composed of many "pre-image" digital objects.
The exhibition of works and the white gallery halls in which it is housed coexist with each other in a complicated way: as if two different spaces have, by a strange coincidence, intertwined into one. Following the old cultural habit, large panels of complicated shapes, bright, mosaic-like, though made of sawdust, are perceived as monumental art made to order, for a certain interior. A gallery that offers a "neutral" space, where exhibitions alternate one after another, cannot seem to be such a place. Hiroshige is not making an exhibition of a series of works, not an installation claiming a total transformation of space, but an exhibition of fragments.