Young Eyes, a photography exhibition featuring new works by Andrea Mete.
In his new body of work, Mete adopts the guise of both an artist and a child. His often stark and spontaneous images seek to encourage a shared language of simplicity, beauty and the unexpected. His works are imbued with emotion, from unbridled glee to tense contemplation, while he also injects a sense of humor and wonder that prompts us to view the mundane as a child would – with innate curiosity, joy and innocence.
Denouncing conventional ideas of composition and cohesive narrative, Mete insists upon an ambiguous journey where disparate stories are rendered abstract and beautifully fragmented.
By taking often unfocused snapshots which omit specific identifying traits such as names, streets and time, Mete removes all context of the original subjects and with it, the cultural framework through which we view and interact with our surroundings.
In Mete’s hands, seemingly uninteresting details – an errant puzzle piece, a silhouetted man and his son – become monumental and charged with meaning. Occasionally he offers hints of saturated color and movement that can be loosely woven together, but Mete playfully leaves this to the whim of the individual viewer. Ultimately, Mete’s work reminds us to take pause and always view the world with a shared sense of wonder and, ultimately, an understanding that human experience binds us all.