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Friday, February 17, 2017

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Cherry is the new black.

Well, a cherry-scented pigment that’s described as “the world’s mattest, flattest, blackest art material,” is the new black.

Artist Stuart Semple has unleashed his answer to Vantablack, the Black V1.0 Beta.

In March 2016 artist Anish Kapoor secured the exclusive artistic rights to Vantablack, which was originally created by Surrey Nanosystems for use on military and astronomy equipment. This ignited the artist world and a color war ensued with Semple, who has since released "The World's Pinkest Pink," "Yellowest Yellow," "Greenest Green" and "Most Glittery Glitter," all with the caveat that whoever purchases the products are not in any way, shape or form connected with Kapoor.


The cherry-scented addition is no exception.

Semple told that "This whole color war has gone too far. ... We've got a better black now so it’s time to bury the hate."

Semple said that the new black, which comes in a loose pigment and base, is also the world’s “first open-source art material.” This is so that other artists can experiment with the pigment and create their own paint.

Black V1.0 Beta is still technically in a testing phase and Semple hopes that the artist community’s experimentation will help make it as comparable as possible to its counterpart.

Like his other creations, Semple’s black is sold exclusively on his website and as of Thursday, Feb. 16, is sold out. The web store notes, “We are cooking up a new batch. Order today for dispatch next Thursday (23rd Feb).”

Vantablack is so dark that it absorbs 99.96 percent of light, and is made up of a series of carbon nanotubes, which trap light instead of letting it bouncing off.

While Semple doesn't make any quantifiable claims about Black V1.0 Beta (it is still an experiment, after all) the product page does say of the pigment-base combination, “Once combined, these two substances create a super-flat, ultra-black covering unlike any other. With just one coat almost any object (even really shiny ones) become super-black and reflect next to no light, giving a Vantastic black hole-type effect.”


Tagged categories: Decorative painting; Paint

Comment from Alfredo Claussen, (2/18/2017, 11:04 AM)

Artistic uses like art painting aside, I believe there are several other interesting uses. Years ago (in the 70's!) one of the main Photography magazines (can't remember is it was "Popular-Photography" or "Modern-Photography"), published a technical article that tested several 35mm cameras for their resistance to glare. The setup was a series of 4 fluorescent light tubes placed just barely outside the field of visión of the camera, so that the strong light produced some reflections inside the camera body and the interior of the lens, causing glare or even ghost images . The very best result (highest contrast, free of glare and ghost images) was the Fujica ST801, thanks to its outstanding black coating inside the body and the rear of the lens mount, while other more highly regarded cameras did produce more glare and reflections. So, I am very interested in having some ultrablack coating to try on my old,much cheriched Canon and Nikon 35mm cameras to improve them. After all, those cameras are indeed tools for Artistic purposes! And the fact that someone has produced a high technology coating AS A FREE "OPEN SOURCE" knowledge is EXTRAORDINARY in this age of extreme capitalism, corporate greed and planned obsolescence! Congratulations for all involved in this great project. Amclaussen, Mexico City.

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