This image was born from a remarkable photograph Green was able to capture in Philadelphia on what President Obama’s team dubbed ‘Barnstorming Day’; an event which involved four rallies over four hours in all four corners of the city. The photograph was taken at 6am in the cold, clear light just after dawn.
John Wayne, Collage is an exploration of duality and journey, of masculinity and femininity, of darkness and light. It directly references images of John Wayne as well as pop culture. Here President Obama is stepping forward, coming towards the viewer, a cultural icon at a pivotal moment whose trajectory is never certain. He stands amongst pivotal figures from our history, well known, he stands amongst pivotal figures from our history, a convergence of defining symbols from mass culture.