This piece was built using multiple layers of ultrachrome printed perforated vinyl to juxtapose images of a cloudy sky and a home blown down by a tornado. I took the photos of the clouds and broken house while on a trip this June chasing tornadoes through the midwest with severe weather meteorologists. The house is printed on the background layer of the work, which is cut into the shape of people holding umbrellas. The back layer has also been used to create a fabric like texture on some portions of the surface. This piece is highly reflective. The composition in the photograph is showing some reflection from the inside of my studio. The work itself will reflect the environment that it is in.

- Jack R. Mesa

Weather Poem 4
JACK R. MESA


Ultrachrome, perforated vinyl, mirror, brushed steel on metal



One-of-a-kind
Signed on back
2016

36" h x 30" w x 1" d
15 lbs. 0 oz.

$3,600

SHIPS FREE




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).