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Jackie Chang, 'Signs of Life (Faith/Fate)', 1999, ceramic and glass mosaic (photograph: author’s own)

Jackie Chang, ‘Signs Of Life’

Jackie Chang, 'Signs of Life (Faith/Fate)', 1999, ceramic and glass mosaic (photograph: author’s own)

Jackie Chang, ‘Signs of Life (Faith/Fate)’, 1999, ceramic and glass mosaic, 102 x 204 inches (photograph: author’s own)

No artwork is ever perceived the same way twice. Jackie Chang’s Signs of Life (1999), a series of glass and ceramic mosaic murals, makes a virtue of this. Commissioned by the MTA, the work can be found at the interchange between Metropolitan Avenue and Lorimer Street station in Brooklyn (the L and G lines). The work is rooted within the Conceptual art tradition of exploring language and semiotics. Designed to reward repeated viewings and rumination, it’s the most effecting artwork I have encountered on the New York subway.  Continue reading