The following is a press release
Astronaut: paintings by Scott Listfield will be on view April 3 through May 26th with an opening reception on Thursday, April 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Albright Art Gallery, 32 Main Street.
In this provocative exhibit of small and medium sized oil paintings, Listfield juxtaposes serene daily settings with humanity’s technology and offenses. His vignettes of modern society and post-apocalypse serve as entry points into thoughtful sociological observation. These vignettes reveal our quotidian from the perspective of an ideal outsider/insider: the anonymous astronaut.
Scott Listfield’s art uses this perspective to probe our everyday life. Listfield lures us into a pop-art world of bright color and iconic imagery, where we remain arrested by the portent commentary.
Scott Listfield approaches the astronaut’s suit the way Greek sculptors approached the robe of Nike, with its deep wet folds, and Ter Borch, creating luminosity in his lady’s skirts. Listfield’s intimate knowledge and insight into the suit itself progresses it from simple symbol to painstakingly rendered garb. This supports the great themes of humor and the deep dark lightness of the abyss. This exhibit reminds us that even when treading familiar ground, we never experience the same moment twice. And the viewer may be left wondering “What would Astronaut do?”
Scott Listfield was born in 1976 in Boston. After studying at Dartmouth College and abroad he returned to paint in Boston. Scott has garnered increased national attention through exhibits and media features in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Portland, OR and Austin, TX. He was the official artist of Boston’s 2011 First Night button.
Scott lives in Somerville with his wife, a nurse, and his miniature poodle, Brody.