200 SoundsJack R. Mesa
Acrylic painting on Wood
Signed on back
48 " h x 96 " w x 1 " d |20 lbs. 0 oz.
This piece came from a dream where I would see an orchestra's sounds individually coming towards me from the musicians on stage. I woke up and designed this piece to see if I could make it look anything like it did in my dream. It never really quite looks the same but I was very surprised by the way this series of works came out. They are inspiring to see, the same way an orchestra is inspiring to hear.
The mixed-media piece is made up of 200 individual panels, each created with a computer numeric controlled router (CNC) out of a single piece of wood. Each panel represents a single auditory tone and may be hung at any orientation.
Jack R Mesa depicts his subjects in a visual medium blended with a layer of sound to explore his personal experience of synesthesia. Synesthesia is the phenomenon where the brain interprets one sense as another - experiencing sound as colors, for example. His earlier series of paintings uses color blocks and abstract shapes to depict sounds, as seen in his series '100 Sounds' (see Sold works). His newer series explores a new medium, using tapestry to literally weave together sounds and colors into his large format works, for example his series 'Soft Synesthesia.' In addition to capturing a photo of his subject, he also records the sounds of a place and overlays the two into a final image in his Oakland studio. He joins other artists, including Carol Steen, David Hockney, and Kandinsky who reportedly see sounds. This is the closest that a non-synesthete may come to viewing the world through Jack's eyes. Mesa has recently exhibited at Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley, CA), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA), and Material Art Fair (Mexico City, MX).
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This is amazing and awesome. Excellent work!- A Martin