Sacrae Particulae Ex Nihilo
The Inspired Visions of Gromyko Semper
Vicente-Ignacio S. de Veyra
Going across a gallery full of Gromyko Semper ink/watercolor paintings and drawings (with his few oils) can be likened to listening to early Uriah Heep or some such old progressive rock music with all their fantastic abandon and iconoclastic humor possible. But, for now, we cant be sure if Semper is merely an intelligent humorist, a happy/hermetic fantasist or a serious iconoclast.
In his first major solo show after so many group shows, Semper falls for the title The Minotaurs Recompense (opening October 23, 6pm, at the Kulay-Diwa Gallery of Philippine Contemporary Art, Parañaque City). Sure, the show title is a tribute to The Soothsayers Recompense by Giorgio de Chirico, one of the stalwarts of proto-Surrealism. But the title betrays a Semperian love/hate relationship with mythology which is precisely what the anatomy of iconoclasm consists of. For iconoclasm, w