Japanese Mountains (Kumamoto Prefecture)Jack R. Mesa
K3 Ultrachrome print, epoxy, glass on Metal
Ready to hang
Signed on back
44 " h x 97 " w x 1 " d |100 lbs. 0 oz.
This image came from a trip to the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan's west coast. In the distance across the valley Mt. Aso is erupting. I used this image as the base for the piece and then went in and enhanced the colors to reflect the mood of the imagery. I then printed the image large scale and attached it to a framed steel panel I fabricated by hand in my studio. At that point I used epoxy resin to affix a layer of broken safety glass to the surface of the image for a macro distortion.
This piece is framed in 1/4" blackened steel with a brushed steel front edge. The entire panel and frame are constructed from steel. There is a red oak french cleat attached to the back for hanging. This work is finished with a layer of fractured safety glass attached with epoxy resin. It looks like a million diamonds on the surface of the image and will grab light from your space and sparkle.
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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