New Art Technology Stack combining physical artwork with digital layers

Johnny Dollar
2 min readAug 25, 2022


Augmented Reality Layer to “ I am.that.iam “ painting by Johnny Dollar

I am.that.iam” is my newest artwork,

A beautiful physical painting of 16 x 20 inches on canvas, but also much more. It is a multi-level piece that incorporates several layers of technology. Mixed media of Acrylic paint and collage of QR codes on canvas, has multiple interactive layers that add to the artwork, aesthetically and conceptually. These layers all form the new technology stack which combined are the Art.

example of possible artwork technology stack

For years, I’ve been experimenting with different technologies to expand expression and communication in my artwork. I’ve used, QR codes, Machine learning, I’ve even mounted hardware into canvas.

final painting: acrylic on canvas 16 x 20 inches

This painting takes many of the lessons from the past projects to the next level. The augmented reality as well as the nine websites linked and accessed through the painting are all controlled by the artist, and are being developed so that other artworks connect to them and link many different paintings and on a digital level, forming a grander more expansive story.

Process of making the painting

acrylic paint and charcoal sketch on canvas
collage of QR codes leading to websites created for this artwork
final painting signed
Augmented Reality Layer

Art is form of communication. New technologies and new ways of combining media allows artist to create not only innovative works, but entirely new genres to express thoughts and emotions. All the “rules” are being re-written. Good times



Johnny Dollar

Crypto-anarchist , cypherpunk inspired artist exploring themes of privacy, surveillance, copyright, hive-mind thinking, virtual-reality, and identity.