Messy meaningful

Charles Glaubitz solo show currently on view at Galeria H & H in Tijuana is a collection of his recent drawings and paintings with a fun and colorful felt-and-plastic-ball installation to top things off.

His paintings are busy, almost to the point of looking messy, but if you take the time to let your eyes roll slowly from left to right, top to bottom, you’ll find a lot of symbolism, storytelling and maybe, just maybe, some meaning in the young, Tijuana artists playful dreamscapes.

You could spend hours looking at Glaubitz’s drawings — small 8×10 pieces of paper filled with his crazy characters and unsuspecting super heroes — but you won’t spend more than a few minutes, you’ll be too distracted by the installation calling to you from the center of the gallery. One of Glaubitz characters is brought to life, dressed in a cape and hat and suspended in air above a sea of McDonalds-style toy balls.

The exhibition is fun when taken in parts, but when viewed as a whole it shows just how much Glaubitz has produced and, because of all his hard work, grown over the past few years.


About Kinsee Morlan

Arts and web editor at San Diego CityBeat. Interested in art and the Tijuana/San Diego border.
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2 Responses to Messy meaningful


    Charles Glaubitz’ first solo show at our gallery is an installation that comprises of more than 100 individual works of the categories painting and drawing, which were all created during 2006 and 2007. The selection of exhibits also includes a three-dimensional work mounted in a special space.
    The subject of the exhibition is equally complex as its physical structure: The Eternals. Glaubitz talks as well of the eternal gods of mythical worlds as of the eternity of the matter, which in the cycle of death and birth constantly recreates itself. His stories tell us about the love that he feels for our planet, whose existence the artist sees in danger by greed, egoism and ignorance. In this sense the message of this exhibition is also a political one.
    Glaubitz’ images have a tremendous power of expression which reveals rage: the artist demonstrates an intransigent attitude regarding the actual conditions of our society, which is on the point of destroying a wonderful planet. However, spiritual powers inherent in nature begin to defend themselves. Consequently fights start between the different powers involved. Glaubitz guides us through worlds where hooded beings, which are members of secret societies, conspire, rob souls or practice brainwashing.
    A wall with 76 drawings presents us these worlds, which are born, die and are reborn again on a more advanced level of development. Characters and figures of his former works appear such as “Niño Burro” (Donkey Boy), which will lead us after being transformed into new beings to a next, a better world. Glaubitz may appear furious and unforgiving, but he is definitely not pessimistic. From his point of view pessimism simply means the lack of creativity. He gives us hope: his world of images opens up for the epiphany. Incorporated into the installation of drawings is the painting “Deidad 1” (Deity 1), which shows the deity in cool gray-blue color tones with an acute-angled, pyramid shaped head.
    On the 9 most recent paintings the deity appears magisterially, bodiless and faceless, in the mask of black ornaments on a cold yellow background. It is accompanied by small creatures with the already known acute-angled, pyramid shaped heads. These are the Quarks: the smallest particles of our matter, which appear only in groups. Up to now in no scientific experiment they could neither be separated nor broken down into pieces. In Charles Glaubitz’ mythological image world they are trained as helpers and messengers of the deity. The painting “La Teoría del Hilo” (The Theory of the Thread) shows them practicing with a sneaker to bind shoelaces, which finally turn into the symbol of infinity. Here a pact with new powers arises: the epiphany leads into the secular act of self-knowledge. The elements of our spiritual existence will show us the path that guides us out of misery. Will this be successful? Let’s wait for the next chapters of this story, which Charles Glaubitz will definitely present us with the usual strength of his messages.

    Petra & Jens Herrmann

  2. Thank you Petra and Jens! And thank you for building your beautiful gallery.

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