It’s un-be-lievable that it’s sooooo long ago since I wrote about my black, while I’m working on it day and night. Time to bring you up to speed. Well, almost up to speed. Here’s a short version of a few months testing and developing black paint. Part 1 of the story.
My own black pigment, is…
I’ve already revealed in my review of Black 2.0, that I have “my own black pigment”, which is more black then Ivory Black. But I didn’t told you what it was then, time to do that now. My own black pigment is made of … (hold your horses, I’m trying to create some suspense over here)… it… (annoying silence) … is (more annoying silence) … drumroll … … coal!
OK, I admit, you easily could have guessed that one yourself, if you know my work.
I planned for a long time to make paint with coal as a pigment, but it was the arrival of Black 1.0 and Super Base which finally got me into actually doing it. 25 Years ago, I visited the last Belgian coalmine during it’s last months, and I took ‘some’ coal with me to use in artworks. I still have this coal, but the biggest piece is falling apart. Now I took the small pieces that came of, and grinded them in order to make acrylic paint. With Semple’s Super Base, as well as with ‘regular’ binding agents.
The first results where disappointing, but along the way I got myself a beautiful paint. Odd enough, more brown then black. Dark brown. Very dark when I combine layers, but brown.
OK, I have to admit, I’ve got it a little bit longer then today :) but it’s only recently in the press (lots of Stuart Semple interviews), and I really didn’t had the time to write.
So it arrived, Black 2.0! Stuart Semple used the feedback he received from artists all over the world to improve his Black 1.0 beta, and came with a better, darker, blacker black.
It’s a pre-mixed bottle this time, and his mail said it’s the most pigmented, flattest, mattest, black acrylic paint in the world.
I did some tests the minute my package arrived: made it from the front door to my studio in 0.5 seconds ;-).
No comprehensive report this time, instead I made a little movie about a black rabbit:
Tadaaa, here are the results of the tests I did with Stuart Semple’s Black v 1.0 (beta). It’s the most matt, black art material at this moment available for everyone (except for Anish Kapoor).
Blackest Black test – part 1
I started with the beginning (yep, sometimes I do make sense ;-): I mixed the paint. The delivered material consisted out of a box with powder and a bottle with liquid (base). The whole point of this black paint is that base, which is called “SuperBase”. And it IS a Super Base! It takes much more pigment then every other base I tried. But I’m not that thrilled about the delivered black pigment, so I searched for something better.
Last year, Anish Kapoor acquired exclusive rights(*) to the “blackest black”, aka Vantablack. Anish who? Great. Forget the man’s name. Vantablack is un-be-lie-vable, it absorbs 99.96% of all light, but he patented it so nobody else except himself can use that black to create art. He patented a colour. What did he made with it so far? A watch. A very, very expensive watch.
That made the British artist Stuart Semple SO angry, he decided to share the colours he has been developing for himself. He first started to share ‘’The World’s Pinkest Pink”, but in meanwhile he also launched “The World’s yellowest yellow”, the greenest green and the most glittery glitter.
Colours which are also unbelievable, and CAN be used by everybody. Correction: by everybody, except by Anish Kapoor. You can read it everywhere on his web shop: “By adding this product to your cart you confirm that you are not Anish Kapoor, you are in no way affiliated to Anish Kapoor, you are not purchasing this item on behalf of Anish Kapoor or an associate of Anish Kapoor. To the best of your knowledge, information and belief this paint will not make it’s way into the hands of Anish Kapoor.”
So Stuart Semple shares his colours with the whole world, except with that one fucking egoist who doesn’t want to share his black. read more →