Blend the lonesome romantic realism of Andrew Wyeth with the metaphysical magic of Rene Magritte and you find yourself in the world of New Orleans native Rolland Golden, whose exhibit “An Alternative Vision” at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art‘s fourth floor is a Whitney White Linen Night must-see. Golden, whose artistic career stretches back to the late 1950s, is a poetic prankster.
Search the landscapes he has produced over the past decades for visual puns and painterly tricks. Look for the solitary cow whose spots mirror the rain puddles around her. Look for the muddy tire tracks that compete with the pristine yellow lines of two-lane highway. Look for the shadow of the demolition crane jaws poised to consume historic Crescent City architecture. Look for the scowling old man posed beside ripening bananas. In his best works, Golden takes us on marvelously eerie journeys.
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