27 (2018) is an exploration of multiple levels of parts and wholes. It began with the creation of a new variation of the Transformation pieces that were produced during the A Cybernetic Ecology (2016) collection of work. Transformations Variations (2017) introduced rotation and 'subtraction' to the coloured squares that formed the parts in the system that was used to produce Transformations artworks, such as System One (2014).
I produced twenty-seven 5x5 colour grids with the squares rotated in accordance with their colour hue. Another rule defined some squares as 'subtractors' that removed an area of colour from any other rotated squares they overlapped
These parts were then combined to produce nine rows of three grids. Finally, these rows were then combined in threes using a permutation rule to produce nine final images composed of nine unique grids.
The resulting images were each printed on black, white and grey backgrounds and a total of twenty-seven prints were exhibited in sets of three at various locations around Leicester as part of the Gallery Without Walls project, with three sets exhibited at the LCB Depot to form a large 3x3 grid.
Within this work there are many different parts and wholes. What might be considered a part from one perspective, could be considered a whole from another perspective.
Two Transformation Variations pieces are in the CAS50 Collection.