— for Anish Kapoor, exclusive owner of Vantablack, the world’s blackest pigment
i have to hand it to Steuart Semple:
there is no better way to piss off an art bro
so entitled he bought an entire color
just for himself than to sell
the world’s pinkest pink, so pink
it repels light to surge brighter, for less
than a latte on one lone condition:
never let Anish Kapoor get his hands on it.
and yet, you felt the pettiness so deep
within the bowels of your Vantablack void
you decided you could easily nab just a little—
after all, how else can a viral figure say
fuck you besides a cerise-powdered
middle finger snapshot to the feed,
best paired with a convenient omission:
you couldn’t be bothered to share either.
nat raum (b. 1996) is a disabled artist, writer, and genderless disaster from Baltimore, MD. They have a BFA (in photography) from Maryland Institute College of Art and are a current MFA candidate at the University of Baltimore. They are also the founder and editor-in-chief of fifth wheel press and managing editor of Welter Journal. Past and upcoming publishers of nat’s writing include Olney Magazine, perhappened, CLOVES, and trampset. Find them online: natraum.com/links.
image: Edward Michael Supranowicz is the grandson of Irish and Russian/Ukrainian immigrants. He grew up on a small farm in Appalachia. He has a grad background in painting and printmaking. Some of his artwork has recently or will soon appear in Fish Food, Streetlight, Another Chicago Magazine, The Door Is a Jar, The Phoenix, and other journals. Edward is also a published poet.