August 22 at Lavra Art Gallery
the Blue Monday exhibition of artists Roman Mykhaylov, APL315 and Boris Kashapov will open. Blue Monday is the pseudo-scientific name for the saddest day of the year and the longest song in the history of the British charts. Usually in English, the word 'blue' means sadness and despair. Sad Monday symbolizes seasonal longing, which is most acutely felt after weekends and vacations. The concept of Blue Monday is also popular in the club culture, when after violent fun, alcohol and drugs comes a hangover and a sense of devastation.
Artists consider this phenomenon not as a transition from an elevated mood to a decline, but as two poles that exist simultaneously. The aggravated state of society and stress increase the demand for fun. More and more raves are being held, new bars are opening, narcotic substances are becoming available to every student. Thus, consciousness looks for an opportunity to resist the unwanted reality. But any party always ends and a person finds himself in the same situation again. Sad Monday awaits at every turn.
The exhibition will present graphics by Boris Kashapov, painting and two large-scale murals by Roman Mykhaylov and APL315, created in the courtyard of the Lavra Gallery. Street culture is close to both of them. Graffiti, with their inherent naivety and irony, became for them the most honest form of expression. The graffiti of APL315 resemble drawings from Spain's Basinete cave. Since prehistoric times, battle scenes remain the truest picture of reality. In contrast, Mikhailov's paintings stand out - psychedelic emoticons, which can justifiably become a symbol of modernity. Being between them, there is a chance to catch the moment of transition from fun to harsh everyday life. The Blue Monday exhibition is about transitional states that flow sharply into each other, and which a modern person experiences every day.