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Guest curator: Scott Listfield  
Somerville, MA artist

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About Scott

Scott Listfield (b. 1976, Boston, MA) is known for his paintings featuring a lone exploratory astronaut lost in a landscape cluttered with pop culture icons, corporate logos, and tongue-in-cheek science fiction references. Scott studied art at Dartmouth College, for which his parents have finally forgiven him. After some time spent abroad, Scott returned to America where, a little bit before the year 2001, he began painting astronauts and, sometimes, dinosaurs.

Scott has been profiled in Wired Magazine, the Boston Globe, and on WBZ-TV Boston. His work has also appeared in New American Paintings and Surface Magazine. In 2010 he was named a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant finalist, and was the official artist of 2011 Boston First Night. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, and some other nice places.

Scott's selections

Jean-Pierre Roy

New York, NY


Anybody who knows even the littlest thing about me or my work knows how interested I am in the future. Jean-Pierre Roy crafts intensely detailed visions of the road our technology is taking us down – a future filled with towering buildings crumbling to the ground, laser blasts lighting the night sky, and landscapes of cratered destruction. Significantly enough, although signs of our civilization abound, there is rarely a human to be seen.


Alex Lukas

Philadelphia, PA


Alex Lukas also crafts haunting pictures of our future, although there’s a quietness to his landscapes I really like. It’s hard not to assume they take place long after we’ve disappeared, but they seem like places you’d want to visit anyways.


Jeff Soto

Riverside, CA


Speaking of the future, I’d be surprised if many years from now Jeff Soto wasn’t considered one of the pivotal artists of my generation. He’s distilled a lot of the same influences I grew up with – robots and comics, cartoon monsters, the grit and graffiti found in the edges of urban and suburban living – into an amazingly unique vision. Too often, all the creativity and magic and energy we had when we were kids fades as adulthood sets in. Jeff Soto makes that magic and energy and other stuff feel real all over again.


Fahamu Pecou

Atlanta, GA


I love how Fahamu Pecou skewers the notion of art celebrity. We're used to seeing our favorite rappers posturing on the front of magazine covers with their shirts off, but we rarely think of artists like that. In his self portraits, Pecou has cast himself in the role of Kanye or Diddy, only if mainstream black culture were as invested in painting as it is in hip hop. It’s often hard to tell if his work is straight up satire or unabashed bravado (probably a fair bit of both), but either way they’re great paintings. If Basquiat was Run DMC doing “Walk This Way,” Fahamu Pecou is “Watch the Throne.”


Paul Rouphail

Pittsburgh, PA


There’s something monolithic about Paul Rouphail’s work that I really admire. They’re a little bit spooky, and they remind me of the feeling I get when I walk my dog late at night and I look up at the stars, at least the few I can see out of the haze of the city, and they start to seem closer and more important than the things on our terrestrial world. I begin to wonder if there’s somebody up there watching me back. Then I turn a corner and run smack into a Starbuck’s.


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