36" x 48" Oil On Board
Alluding to iconic symbols and phrases of classic Americana, Roger That visualizes the eponymous phrase of military pilots. Originating in the 1950s and popularized over radio transmissions in the 1960s, specifically in messages from NASA’s Apollo missions, the saying ‘Roger That’ referred to information received. A slang affirmation, the expression grew out of an extension for the word ‘roger’ or ‘received.’ The attention to the blocked typography is suggestive of 1950s signage, as is the matte and almost muddled color palette. There is also a great deal of visual symmetry, where much of the composition is centralized, recalling old Hollywood film posters. With stars and the rendering of a red plane, the work cheekily integrates an Americanized idiom into a contemporary visual reinterpretation.