#20YearsofSOS

#20YearsofSOS is an occasional series of public events leading up to our 20th annual Somerville Open Studios, which will take place on May 4-6, 2018.

September 6, 2017: Singularity Black

Come join SOS and Somerville artist Jason Chase on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7-9PM, at Artisan's Asylum, 10 Tyler Street, and experience the blackest black paint Singularity Black. You probably don't remember how you got into art, but we think you will remember this year of #20YearsofSOS event series, of which this is, if we may, quite a 'singular' act.

A little background: In 2014, a UK lab 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 among artists. Soon, artists around the world will gain access to Singularity Black as Boston-area NanoLab, Inc. releases the blackest American-made paint available off-the-shelf without any exclusive license precluding it from the art community following an inaugural collaboration with Somerville artist, Jason Chase.

In Jason's own words,

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 research scientists with NanoLab, Inc. and I will attend this event to answer technical questions about Singularity Black its availability to the public. 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.

In many ways, this event is the very essence of who we are at Somerville Open Studios and we hope you will join us!

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