Poem SynthesisJack R. Mesa
Ultrachrome inkjet on perforated vinyl on mirror New
Ready to hang
Signed on back
36" h x 48" w x 1" d |30 lbs. 0 oz.
This work is layers of vinyl and perforated vinyl on mirror. The work is reflective, and depending on the lighting conditions it will optically look like many different artworks. It was very difficult to photograph because it can look different depending on the room it is in, ambient light during the night or day and what is in the room with it. Collectors love these works because they are dynamic.
This work was made by speaking into a microphone attached to a synthesizer that "visualizes" the words that are being spoken. I made the synthesizer myself. I then capture the images digitally and layer them onto the mirror that has the original poem etched across the mirror surface. You can see the poem only when you are standing at a particular angle to this optical art piece.
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