Sema Bomse "Rehearsal"
Personal apartment exhibition prepared in collaboration with the сцена /szena gallery team

Repetition and remembering are the same movement, only in opposite directions: remembering turns a person back, forces him to repeat what happened in reverse order; true repetition forces, by remembering, to anticipate what will happen

Soren Kierkegaard. Repetition

Of all the types of self-repetition, rehearsal seems to be the least automatic. It leaves room for improvisation and a new attempt to start from anywhere - unless, of course, we are talking about a rehearsal for a play, a musical or dance composition, and not a parade. But even in this case, rehearsal is a necessary stage on the path to perfection.

Sema Bomse, the author of the painting "Rehearsal" and the idea to name his personal exhibition after it, views rehearsal as an artistic method. With his help, he progressively creates a world of grotesque images and characters that unite the sublime and the earthly. Plots and relationships between them are built through trials, searches and variations in different designs - painting, graphics and objects. The artist himself explains his practice by the lack of special education and the proverb "Repetition is the mother of learning."

A rehearsal, as a rule, does not involve the presence of a spectator - he only evaluates the final result. Paradoxically, in the case of Syoma's works, the author and the viewer change roles, where the latter is asked to conduct a "rehearsal" of his readiness to perceive art as it is.

Elmira Minkina, exhibition curator / February 2024


Sema Bomse was born in 1994 in Nizhny Novgorod. Since 2014, he has been a member of the local street art team, and since 2020, the Bomse art association, and since 2023, a resident of 9B Gallery. From graffiti he moved on to creating paintings, graphics and objects, while maintaining the expressiveness, technique and aesthetics of street art. Sema's ironic and dramatic plots are based on the relationships of many characters placed in a gloomy world on the verge of fiction and reality.
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