Above: The original Black Iron Ursa created by Jason Chase: the world’s first piece of art using Singularity Black paint. (c) 2017 Jason Chase




From the Studio of Jason Chase


For Immediate Release

26 July, 2017

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Boston Artist, Jason Chase, Works with Local Lab

to Release Blackest Black Paint to All Artists

After Three Years of Uproar in the Global Art Community, 

Access Opens to This New Technology

 

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Boston, MA: In 2014, a UK based laboratory allowed a single artist to secure the exclusive rights to a black carbon nanotube pigment that absorbs over 99.9% of light. This exclusivity created an international uproar amongst artists. Now, artists around the world have access to Singularity Black as Boston-area NanoLab, Inc. releases the blackest American-made paint available off the shelf and to the art community following an inaugural collaboration with Boston artist Jason Chase. 



Statement from the Artist:

“On Sunday July 23, 2017, I unveiled the first American-made artwork coated in carbon nanotube black paint. I was contacted by the Massachusetts firm NanoLab, Inc. and asked to create a work that could be coated with their new paint called Singularity Black (originally developed for NASA). The sculpture revealed this month is the first of many pieces I will make with this new “blackest black” paint.


The artwork will be available for view at Laconia Gallery in south Boston on August 24th, 7-10 pm, and again on September  6th , 7- 10pm in Somerville at the Artisan’s Asylum.  The research scientists with NanoLab, Inc. and I will attend both events to answer technical questions about Singularity Black and its availability to the public.

 

“Artists are always the ones who take new materials and push them to new limits. Singularity Black is the perfect new medium to foster such experimentation and development across a global community.”


 Being the first artist to use this technology, I want to share it with my fellow artists and collectors. It is important to create access so artists can use it. Artists are always the ones who take new materials and push them to new limits. This super black paint and its possibilities have been stunted by not being available to experiment with.  Starting with my work those days are over. I am looking forward to sharing my ongoing studio research in how to use and control it.  I will also be curating the first show of works using Singularity Black and look forward to discussing that as well. 

— Jason Chase


“NanoLab’s Singularity Black has the lowest visible reflectance of any paint available to the public.”

 


Statement from NanoLab, Inc.

“NanoLab’s Singularity Black has the lowest visible reflectance of any paint generally available to the public. Additionally, we are developing new versions of Singularity Black that can drive down its cost while further enhancing its properties.  This is a very new material, and thus there are still lots of possibilities and opportunities, including our near future aim to introduce a version requiring a much lower processing temperature. 


NanoLab offers a coating service to anyone interested in sending us pieces that withstand the current processing conditions for our experienced staff to coat at our lab facility. We are also open to sharing this entire process with any artist who wants to use Singularity Black in their own studio. 


The Singularity Black paint is available for purchase right now and is currently supplied in volumes of 250mL, 500mL, or 1000mL. Anyone interested in purchasing the paint can visit the NanoLab website to obtain an artist sample that costs $30 + shipping to experiment and get familiarized with the prescribed coating techniques and thermal treatment before undertaking larger projects.  NanoLab also encourages new users to allow us to work with them individually to ensure they can independently achieve the most dramatic black possible while maintaining proper safety standards.  To purchase, visit our website (http://www.nano-lab.com/optical-black-coatings.html) for more information or contact sales@nano-lab.comwith any questions.“


— Dr. Colin D. Preston | Sr. Research Scientist | NanoLab, Inc.



About Jason Chase

 

The following paragraph is from an interview by Black Book. Read the whole article here: http://bbook.com/art/jason-chase-will-make-you-smarter-and-more-likable/3850/


Painter, culture vulture, and Gawker artist Jason Chase is an American everyman. Like most of us, he was raised on a diet of TV shows and cereal. His mom managed the household while his dad brought home the bacon, and he went off to college and even did a stint in grad school. However, unlike most of us, his consumption of culture and the world around him manifested itself into some of the most peculiar visual art. But unlike the bulk of pop culture, Chase doesn’t aim to mock his suburban roots as much as explore them and his role within that realm. The results are vivid and deceptively innocuous, but never shopworn.

 

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Lab Notebook





Entry 1
Objective: Testing traditional masking materials and brush techniques with Singularity Black


     

This is a 5 by 7 copper plate, The red circles are vinyl, the white stripes are masking tape. At the top I put down a rectangle of lead ground oil paint and masked the left half with 3m painters tape.   My thoughts were this....how can Singularity be masked, and what will survive the 600 degree temps during it's time in the furnace.



The first concern was if singularity black would compromise the vinyl. 





Some of the paint paint was directly applied by hand to see if it melted...It did.  but we pressed forward.