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Change of Context

By Bonny Zanardi
San Mateo County Times
Friday, March 20, 2009

A survey of recent work by Werner Glinka is on display in "Change of Context" at the 1870 Art Center Gallery, 1870 Ralston Ave., Belmont, through May 3. A reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday.

In his assemblages and wall sculptures, Glinka uses found objects and scavenged materials to explore familiar symbols and structures. An electrical engineer who grew up in the industrial city of Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Glinka uses materials such as discarded porcelain electrical insulators and rusted bands of metal. His work has been influenced by the modernist Bauhaus movement and the grace of Japanese landscapes.

Glinka has been exhibiting his art in the Bay Area since 2001.

In assemblages, he has found a "stage" upon which he can "transform the ordinary into an object of attention," he says. "It becomes a metaphor for how we, as individuals, transcend our ordinary existence." He does not "assign meaning" to the pieces he creates, leaving that to the viewer. Instead, he hopes "to evoke and provoke an emotional reaction."

Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Contact 650-595-9679 or www.1870artcenter.org.