A new medium of art made its debut on Friday, April 27, at the Abacoa Town Center, where art, philosophy, science and photography collided in a harmonious exhibition featuring the creative expression of Florida Atlantic University graduating senior, Michael Metzner.
The exhibit showcased the new work of this unique artist who has been working on a senior thesis project the past four years, as he unravels and tries to answer, “What is beauty?”
Metzner’s photographic works range from the commercialized sense of beauty to the simplistic. From photographing lions to FAU students, the captivating element is how the artist photographer tells a story with each photo, involving environmental accents that take the work to another dimension. As Metzner shares his vision: “Whatever one believes to be beauty, we can all agree that beauty is something that is profoundly powerful and affects and continues to affect and influence all of us,” surely this exciting exhibition will create an interesting and valuable dialogue.
Not did the Metzner’s exhibition tantalize the senses, but the opening night “Vernissage” of the exhibit included a reception including hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. This exhibition was an elegant evening.
This is the second time Metzner has staged a one-man exhibition.
His first solo-exhibition was alongside award winning and internationally recognized Edna Hibel’s Masterpieces at the Hibel Museum of Art in 2010. Metzner was born in New York, where he lived for 12 years before relocating to Wellington 10 years ago. He graduated high school from Wellington Christian School in 2008 and will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree with a double concentration in biological chemistry and interdisciplinary visual art from the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at FAU in Jupiter.
Metzner has always been fascinated by photography, but did not get his f irst camera until Christmas 2007. After spending one year learning about his new hobby, he began to take it seriously after he won the Home Grown Artist award in 2009 ArtiGras, a nationally recognized art show, and was featured on ABC as one of the artists selected for this amazing honor.
Since then, Metzner has continued to enjoy great success in photography. He was a f inalist in the Nikon’s “College P h otogr ap hy Compe titi on ,” and saw one of his photographs published in the book, Best of College Photography 2009, printed in June 2009. In the summer of 2011, Metzner was accepted into the Savannah College of Art and Design summer program in Lacoste, France.
For three months Metzner studied the techniques of Black and White film photography and art history. While in France Metzner worked among some of the most influential people in fashion including Chris Benz and Cameron Silver, who was named in Time Magazine’s “25 Most influential Names and Faces in Fashion. ” The exhibit was displayed through until April 29. Call 561-662-0523 for information.