This work was created using a 16 inch subwoofer as a table for a scanner. I vibrated materials while scanning using a synthesizer to create different tones. The sounds are literally captured in the scans because the material vibrates at frequencies that are captured in real time by the scanner. The frequency of color is a direct variable of the frequency of sound. Sound and light are neighbors on the electromagnetic spectrum and this piece works to demonstrate that.

This work is made of 22 steel bars that are hung next to one another to make the image. This piece comes with a hanging template so it is easy to hang. Each bar is 2" wide and 60" tall.

- Jack R. Mesa

Color Equals Frequency of Sound

Ultrachrome inkjet on perforated vinyl on metal
Finished black edges
Ready to hang

Signed on back

64" h x 70" w x 1" d
25 lbs. 0 oz.



Jack R. Mesa
Oakland, California

Getting to Know Jack R.

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).