Color is a science for me. I have been obsessed with the idea of creating science fiction centered around color and painting, using exponential technologies that have emerged in recent years. I developed Lumenoscope, my own app with VR technology for augmented color perception. Through the app, and based on physics of color, I paint in negative with high precision and new discoveries about color are revealed. In my most recent work, I turned the CO2 black (the world's first nano paint formulated with solidified atmospheric carbon dioxide captured from the air*) into the majestic white of glaciers. It is a way of dreaming about carbon dioxide capture and recycling technology as a powerful solution for global warming and glacier melt.
My works are experiments that fuse traditional painting with mobile applications, augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, biotechnology, renewable energies, and now, crypto art. Each painting has a parallel universe in a digital dimension– a hidden color that is revealed by Lumenoscope.
With my work I want to show that advances in exponential technologies can augment the human capacities and have the potential to change the world; they awaken dreams, fantasies, fears and hopes for the future, and empower humanity to find solutions to the great challenges and problems facing the contemporary world.
* I formulated CO2 black in collaboration with Canadian nanotechnology company Carbon Upcycling Technologies and their "Expedition Air" brand of products made with carbon dioxide emissions.
Luis Merchan (Bogotá, 1984) received his BFA from the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogotá, Colombia. He currently lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia and Coral Springs, FL in the USA. He is a member of the Singularity University Global Community, a Silicon Valley-based technology community supported by Google and NASA, which brings together and inspires leaders from around the world to promote and develop exponential technologies as tools that can solve humanity's great challenges.
His pictorial works are experiments where he explores his passion for these technologies, combines and juxtaposes them in the work, while reflecting on the impact they have on the contemporary world. He has lately worked in collaboration with technology companies that develop solutions for some of the Global Grand Challenges. Among them, Carbon Upcycling Technologies of Alberta-Canada, a finalist for Carbon XPRIZE, which uses nanotechnology to solidify carbon dioxide and embed it in a variety of materials, in an attempt to combat global warming and build a low-carbon future.
He has exhibited individually at the Espacio El Dorado gallery in Bogotá and within the framework of the first Ibero-American symposium on innovation, science and new technologies at the Nueva Granada Military University in Bogotá.