This work is very optical. It is composed of several layers of material on steel. In a dimly lit environment, the viewer sees an image of a mammatus cloud that I photographed in 2015 just after a tornado passed through Kansas. When the environment is brightly lit, the viewer will see several hundred custom-cut vinyl images swirling behind the photograph. The photograph itself is printed on two layers of perforated vinyl and attached to a mirror. This work is part of a series called WEATHER POEM that I began in 2015.

PLEASE NOTE: As seen in the photos, this artwork is highly reflective due to the mirrored surface. It will change at different angles and in different lighting. This is my intention.

- Jack R. Mesa

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JACK R. MESA


Ultrachrome, perforated vinyl, vinyl, mirror, brushed steel on metal



One-of-a-kind
Signed on back
2017

48" h x 72" w x 1" d
60 lbs. 0 oz.

$8,400

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Artist
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).