Werner Glinka assemblages on view at ARTshare 25

By Bonny Zanardi
San Mateo County Times
Wednesday, February 24, 2005

WOODSIDE artist Werner Glinka is inspired by found objects, both natural and man-made, which he uses to create mixed media works. The current exhibit at ARTshare 25 presents 16 assemblages representing a survey of the last three years of his work.

Modern yet lyrical, Glinka's works invite close observation of the rusted wire, broken or sheared twigs, acorns or fallen leaves that can appear as a central focus in a composition. His technique includes paint, sand and ash in his layered collages.

Glinka exerts his creative energies to impose order on each piece, transforming the "meaning" of familiar objects. His assemblages honor the dialectic between life and death, order and chaos, precision versus organic form. Through his focus on ordinary objects and materials, the artist exposes their "unique beauty."

His artistic sensibility was shaped by the industrial environment of Gelsenkirchen, Germany, where he was raised. Glinka came to California in 1981. In addition to his work as an artist, Glinka is a high-tech marketing consultant.

Meet the artist at a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. March 18. "Werner Glinka: Assemblage" will remain through March 30. ARTshare 25 is on the second floor at 32 W. 25th Ave., San Mateo. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, or by appointment by calling curator Barbara Mortkowitz at (650) 591-2101.