Artists worldwide are known for using color as a form of expression in their artwork. Despite thousands of colors made available to artists and many more to be created by mixing those available hues, there has always been a demand for colors that don’t necessarily exist in paint form. One of those colors is the blackest pigment known to man. That has changed with Massachusetts manufacturer, Nanolab, which has officially released one of the blackest paint colors to the public, called Singularity Black. Not the first manufacturer to create the blackest paint colorway, Nanolab’s Singularity Black now rivals artist Anish Kapoor’s Vantablack, created by British company NanoSystems.
Originally created as part of the company’s ongoing research with NASA, which needed ways of reducing glare on space equipment, Singularity Black is a carbon nanotube paint that absorbs light to an exceptionally high level – meaning surfaces painted with it appear completely flat. The color was aptly named after singularities or the center of black holes in space. Singularity Black is similar to the controversial Vantablack – a paint also composed of microscopic vertical tubes that trap light instead of bouncing it off, allowing it to absorb 99.6 per cent of light. However, Vantablack has even less reflective properties, making it more black than the newly released Singularity Black.
Unlike NanoSystems who sold the exclusive rights to Vantablack to Anish Kapoor, Nanolabs has made the new Singularity Black available to the general public, and also offers a coating service for anyone that sends in pieces to their lab. The manufacturer has made the paint very accessible, offering various paint tin sizes, including a small artist’s sample for $30 USD.
To showcase the paint’s capabilities, Nanolab partnered with Boston artist Jason Chase to coat an iron-cast bear and set it on a rainbow wheel, creating the piece called Black Iron Ursa. Check out photos of the artwork below and click the “read more” jump to see the video of random objects coated in Singularity Black.