Game Changer

Public Mosaics by Paula Henderson, in Sox-35thChicago, IL

Public Mosaics by Paula Henderson seen at Sox-35th, Chicago - Game Changer
Public Mosaics by Paula Henderson seen at Sox-35th, Chicago - Game ChangerPublic Mosaics by Paula Henderson seen at Sox-35th, Chicago - Game Changer
“Game Changer" (2014) is Paula Henderson's art glass piece that she was commissioned to do for the Sox–35th subway station in Chicago as part of the city's Arts in Transit program. The piece celebrates the legacy of professional baseball in a mirrored composition of White Sox legends and Negro League greats—who played their East-West All Star games at the former Comiskey Park. In the lower panels, Jackie Robinson’s arm extends into the upper panels representing his ‘breaking of the color line’--ending segregation in the major leagues. The upper panels reflect change over decades in its patterning of the diversity of White Sox ‘greats’.”

Meet the Creator

"“How our contemporary social landscape is shaped is the focus of my work. Our shared use of prevalent systems of representation, an ever-evolving part of the social dynamic, works as well to fix and limit our perceptions of one another. My re-arrangements of these forms question their function and authority as a means to elicit or suggest their inherent agency.

I perceive that productions as disparate as fashion and professional sports, and graphic illustrations such as maps and signage are experienced with such familiarity that their determinative nature is masked just below their finished surfaces. The complexity of these enterprises is, so to speak, hidden in plain sight. It is the intersections of the histories, practices, and authority of these productions as well as our relationship to them that constitute the conceptual and formal aspects of my query, which takes the form of pattern paintings, schematic abstractions, and maps.”"

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