Bliss (Broken)Jack R. Mesa
Vinyl, resin, glass, steel on glass, vinyl, resin
Signed on back
39 " h x 24 " w x 1.5 " d |40 lbs. 0 oz.
This is the iconic "Bliss" Windows screensaver that I have covered with shards of safety glass to imitate a broken screen. The piece is vinyl and broken glass on steel. I used resin to permanently affix the broken glass. The surface is bright and reflective. The piece is framed with a low profile 1/8 inch black steel border. It comes ready to hang.
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