I created a system. I defined a specific method for
directly articulating the digits; I defined colors and a sequence
for the colors; chose a number sequence; and followed the plan to
create the work. I was thinking about: identity codes, internal
patterns that code the individual, DNA, external codes, population,
individuals and masses. I wanted to use a sequence large enough
that a pattern would be revealed, a pattern that read as some sort
of code, a blueprint that described something specific. Even if
it was not clear what that thing was, I wanted the pattern to resonate
a purpose.
“Identity Sequence e Black” is based on
the first 49 digits of the number e. I wanted a small section that
seems to be cut away from a much larger one. Grid is constructed
from 49 units in 7 rows by 7 columns. 7 is a prime number. Here
the digits are articulated by two systems. Tonal gradation of the
black where the darkest color value represents the 9 digit and no
color represents 0. And the distance each unit pushes away from
the wall, where units representing the 9 digit push 32” away
from the wall and the 0s barely pooch up. The units are joined to
form 3 vertical sections (2 columns, 3 columns, 2 columns). Can
be shown as one solid grid or sections can be separated to accommodate
limited linear footage or entry ways.
A prime number is a positive integer
that can only be divided by 1 and itself. Prime numbers stand out
from a sea of other numbers as they are the multiplicative root
of all other numbers. They are the beginning, yet there are an infinite
number of them, they cannot be contained. Often, nature grows in
primes.
e is a real number constant that appears in certain
kinds of mathematics problems. Examples of such problems are those
involving growth or decay, the statistical “bell curve”,
the shape of a hanging cable, some problems of probability, some
counting problems, the study of the distribution of prime numbers,
and often shows up in calculus. Its value is approximately 2.718281828459045…
and has been calculated to 869,894,101 decimal places. e is also
the base of natural logarithms. e is a transcendental number. Transcendental
number is not expressible as an integer or as the root or quotient
of integers.
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