In one of his less-known series, Andy Warhol articulated the problem of constructing meaning without external references, evidencing the complex semantic depth of an image. Just like in “Do it Yourself,” where the numbers lead nowhere and we are left hanging in midair, the inscriptions present in these paintings refer to hexadecimal codes. These codes describe the attributes of a digital color impossible to visualize outside the screen, a color prohibited to men, a rational color inscribed in the digital domain.
Supercolor is a brief painting project that formulates an imminent reality in which the construction of the imagen will necessarily result from a collaboration between man and machine. The hexadecimal representation system incarnated by the computer (prosthesis) and the sensible perception of color (body) merge in between abstract ruins designed by an algorithm that reproduces the aesthetics of those line drawings that for ages have been commercialized as pastimes.
The prefix Super – understood as “above” – is thus used to describe complex models that are beyond our reach, hermetic and absolute models that, by self-replicating, exercise absolute domain over us today. The color and hue, that formerly came with perception, have been deprived of their sensitive nature and currently rest within the domains of information technology, logical terrains in which reason and arithmetic are indispensable.
Here, just like in pastimes, colors that had a place in the image have been gradually suppressed and replaced by numbers that relate to a legend that accompanies and frames the painting. The basic outline still suggests a landscape, but the absence of color in some areas of the image proposes an imaginary exercise: complete the painting, color yourself.
Maybe it was the immersion in a new culture that invited me to reflect around systems of difficult access, to risk indispensable pieces of information in the artwork, and to think of scenarios veiled by signs and unintelligible languages. This brief project is the result of an artist residency that took place in the first semester of 2018 at Leipzig, Germany.