Artist’s statement
An entire thesis on Anish Kapoor (found on the internet) was written with an old Olivetti typewriter on a single sheet of paper. Each time the page ended it has been inserted again in the machine, overwriting the previous page until the last page of the thesis was replicated, resulting in a completely black page. It is a reflection on our society: without the appropriate opportunities for access to culture, people can not express themselves and show their thoughts and their art. It’s a sort of representation of the present in which the space for culture is increasingly becoming limited. It is also a reaction to what happened recently: the famous artist Anish Kapoor has bought the rights to VANTABLACK, the most darkest black existing in the world that absorbs 99.965% of the light. Surrey Nanosystems (the producer of Vantablack) confirmed this, creating a controversy in the art world: is it acceptable and democratic that Kapoor will be the only one in the world who can use this color? Should art not be democratic by definition? The black sheet of paper shows how even the art of Anish Kapoor would be incomprehensible if someone had restricted his means to express himself.

Title of the thesis: “Shape the perception. Symbols of matter, color and vacuum in Anish Kapoor’s sculpture.”


About Vantablack
Vantablack, a substance made of carbon nanotubes, is the blackest substance known, absorbing up to 99.965% of radiation in the visible spectrum. Earlier this year Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor acquired exclusive rights to the revolutionary Vantablack pigment and is currently the only person in the world who can paint using this colour.
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Author: Fran

Founder and editor of Urbanite. Street Art lover who after the finishing her MA thesis on the muralist movement in the 1920-50s, developed a fascination for street art and graffiti that eventually led to collaborations with different art blogs, including the creation of this one.