This artwork is made of multiple layers on steel. It is a hybrid mixture of textural elements I use in my practice.  The bottom layer is painted perforated vinyl and the top layer is safety glass shards affixed with clear polymer resin. The work is contained within a 1/8 inch blackened steel border. It comes ready to hang.

- Jack R. Mesa

Glasser II

Glass, resin, perforated vinyl, acrylic paint, steel on metal

Signed on back

39" h x 25" w x 1.5" d
60 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).