Finally, a colour as dark as my soul.
British artist Stuart Semple has announced that he and his team have developed the supposedly “mattest, flattest, blackest” acrylic paint in the world.
Two years in the making, ‘Black 3.0’ is formulated to capture up to 99 percent of visible light. When applied to three-dimensional objects, it’s as though you’re staring directly into a black hole.
What makes ‘Black 3.0’ so dark is that, unlike other black pigments that contain carbon, coal, or charcoal, it doesn’t contain any materials that make it reflective. It’s also finished with what the artist claims are “nano-mattifiers,” which remove any shine from the paint.
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I’m the hypiest hyped! Black 3.0 is finished thanks to all you amazing beta testers. We actually have our very own super nano black! It’s absorbing 98-99% visible light! If you want to use some please order through Kickstarter that way you’ll support us in sharing this with *everyone I’ve put a link in my bio! Thank you so much for all your support it means the world to me and the art community! LOVE!!! x x x x
‘Black 3.0’ also improves on its predecessor – ‘Black 2.0’ – by containing polymers that hold the pigment better.
“This means it can cling onto way more pigment, leading to a really dense pigment load and a depth of colour not previously possible,” explained Semple.
Amusingly, the London-based creative set out on making the unique acrylic paints after sculptor Anish Kapoor licensed the exclusive rights to ‘Vantablack’, the so-called “blackest black ever made.”
Outraged by Kapoor’s claim, Semple developed his own. And while Kapoor’s paint supposedly absorbs more light at 99.96 percent, Semple’s ‘Black 2.0’ and ‘Black 3.0’ are simpler to use, more affordable, and available to all – except to Kapoor, of course.
His Kickstarter page reads: “By backing this project you confirm that you are not Anish Kapoor, you are in no way affiliated to Anish Kapoor, you are not backing this on behalf of Anish Kapoor or an associate of Anish Kapoor. To the best of your knowledge, information and belief this material will not make its way into the hands of Anish Kapoor.”
You can pre-order a 150 ml bottle of ‘Black 3.0’ by pledging around US$33 (A$45) to Semple’s Kickstarter campaign here.
Via Fast Company