The popular culture of today is a source of inspiration as much as art history is – e.g. in the painting Das Weg im Glück (2006) where a skinny, zombie-like model struts down the catwalk, surrounded by the glare of flashes. Her sallow face suggests that the luxurious fashion world is not exactly the “road to happiness” as ironically indicated by the title. The painting’s hazy contours create an effect much like a shaken photograph. A reminder that Golder, like many of today’s artists, works in a contemporary reality in which a large part of our experiences come to us in communicated form – through the images we see on TV, computers, in books, magazines, movies, etc.
Certainly, according to Golder himself, the autobiographical situations and culture’s many images are inextricably tied together: – Of course, in some way my paintings will always be autobiographical, because I do them. My experiences are in them, but it could just as well be an art experience that I had in a museum. Perhaps I saw an interesting painting and wanted to steal the idea… Art history is part of my life, so in this sense I guess you could call my works autobiographical. Every painting is a by-product of my experiences, which of course includes my past work. In that sense I regard my paintings as slimy, oily tracks left behind by a snail.