Artist
Jack R. Mesa Oakland, California

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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    About The Artist

    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).

    Artist Statement

    Jack Mesa (b.1986 Seattle, WA) is an artist living and working in San Francisco, Ca.

    Education
    -UC Berkeley 2010
    -California College of the Arts 2013
    -Fellow, Yale University 2014
    He has been nominated for the SFMoMa Seca Art Award in 2013 and 2017.
    His works are in collections on 5 continents and 30 countries world-wide.

    Artist Background

    Yale University
    Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2014

    California College of the Arts

    Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2014

    Hear What Collectors Say About Jack R.'s Work

    comments200 Sounds
    R Cho 7/21/2019 | 12:02 PM

    For the "200 Sounds" piece, is each individual wood piece mounted or glued to a big piece of canvas or wood? And how do you mount the entire piece? Thank you.

    S Mathi 1/2/2015 | 2:05 AM

    Excellent work

    commentsNew Water (Sound Synthesis (C on D (Poem Painting)))
    krnhersh 11/11/2014 | 5:11 AM

    wow!!!! so cool... amazing way to express yourself-- love it!!! k

    comments100 Sounds (IV)
    A Martin 11/17/2013 | 3:21 PM

    This is amazing and awesome. Excellent work!

    UGALLERY 9/16/2011 | 4:52 PM

    Meet James, our resident synesthete, and learn more about his work at the Ugallery blog: http://ugallery.com/blog/post/Artist-in-Focus-James-Cordas.aspx

    Ladybug 5/24/2010 | 4:10 PM

    I asolutely LOVE THIS!!!

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