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    Astronaut: Paintings by Scott Listfield

    Presented by Albright Art Gallery

    April 3 - May 26, 2013


    Astronaut: Paintings by Scott Listfield

    Astronaut: Paintings by Scott Listfield
    April 3 – May 26, reception April 11 6-8 pm

    Viewing earth from space affects Astronauts. They can no longer walk amongst us without the impression of that exquisitely alienating perspective. 

    Astronaut is a symbol of science past, present and future. Astronaut is all three of Dickens’ omniscients: watching, scolding, nurturing. He is simultaneously our innocent past, current co-conspirator, and future juror. 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. 

    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 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 progress it from simple symbol to painstakingly rendered garb. This supports his 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 is left wondering “What would Astronaut do?”

    Astronaut: Paintings by Scott Listfield will be on view April 3 through May 26th, 2013, with an opening reception on Thursday, April 11 from 6-8 pm. Wine and sparkling water will be served.

    About the artist:
    Scott Listfield was born in 1976 in Boston, MA. 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.

    About the gallery:
    Based in historic Concord, MA, Albright Art is a gallery of contemporary art exhibiting artists whose comment on modern culture is presented with aesthetics and skill. The gallery is dedicated to discovering provocative new talent and celebrating emerging visionaries of the art world.

    Albright Art Gallery

    32 Main Street
    Concord, MA 01742

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    General Day and Time Info:

    Opening Reception April 11 6-8 pm

    Phone: 978-369-7300

    Accessibility Information: Currently, no accessibility information is available for this event.

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