This work is comprised of 13 pieces of steel that have been painted and then had printed images on perforated vinyl applied to the painted steel. Each strip is 2 inches wide and varying heights. This piece comes with a template that makes installation very simple.

Each strip of this work is a photo I have taken from all over the world. In this piece there are images from mountain tops, lakes and islands from places as far away as Osaka, Denmark and Taiwan. These pieces function for me like memory... a large complicated and colorful abstract picture filled with strips of tiny specific moments.

- Jack R. Mesa

Life Lines

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

Signed on back

68" h x 36" w x 1" d
30 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).