PAVEL PEPPERSTEIN. FLAG, 2004
The first flags were used in ancient India and China. In Europe, the flag became a mandatory attribute of armies in the Middle Ages, and later moved to the fleet. Gradually, the flag becomes a symbol of states. The American flag is probably the most volatile in the world: for J 50+, the number of stars on it has grown from thirteen to fifty. Pavel Pepperstein has a difficult relationship with the United States. On the one hand, he sets the flag of a superpower over an endless sea, as if bowing before the power of America. On the other hand, the flag on the lunar landscape looks lonely, like a sail from Lermontov’s poem. But both versions remind of Russian Malevich and his Suprematist painting “The Red Cavalry Gallops”.