This artwork is composed of layers of material on steel.  The piece is a photograph of three waves rolling towards the coast of Japan in April of 2011. The image has been modified and simplified into digital noise.  The image is covered in broken safety glass affixed to the surface with resin. The artwork is contained in a 1/8 inch blackened steel frame. It comes ready to hang.

- Jack R. Mesa

Three Waves of White Noise #3

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

Signed on back

31" h x 49" w x 1.5" d
70 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).