FASCINATION, IMAGINATION, DREAMINESS
My work is a place to dream with technology and color, to research and make discoveries. My artistic experiments evidence a multidisciplinary interest as a painter, scientist and science fiction author, filled with a fascination for emerging and exponential technologies, the environment, history, and the future. I merge traditional techniques and new technologies. Recently, I have been interested in some technologies that propose to find solutions to the problems facing humanity, generating social and environmental impacts.
Technology empowers and expands human capabilities. When I developed Lumenoscope, my VR technology designed with a filter that allows inverted color perception (in negative), I discovered that my sense of sight is incomplete. I realized that the human eye perceives only half of light and color; the other half, the one that absorbs matter and is not reflected to the eye, is lost. Lumenoscope amplifies the biology of my eye, also that of the viewer, to complement and recover the missing experience. It allows me to create experiments in painting, sculpture, video, and installation, where the image and color of the work is expanded, and as a result, I’m able to find their complements, face their opposites, and thus increase their associations and relationships.
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.
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.