Harman Projects is pleased to present AM Gold, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Scott Listfield. This will be the artist's first solo presentation with the gallery.
Known for his acrylic paintings featuring an anonymous and solitary astronaut navigating their way through familiar yet foreign landscapes, the artist invites the viewer to place themselves within his narratives. While the vast majority of Listfield's work historically looks towards dystopian futures, the paintings in his newest exhibition look simultaneously backwards and inwards.
In this highly autobiographical body of work, the viewer is transported on a journey through the artist's past. AM Gold was conceived during the personal process of making playlists to help document his life and during which the artist realized how many of the songs sparked strong, tangible memories of his past. By incorporating this music in his paintings, the artist essentially created a body of work that catalogs and honors the music that has defined his life. As the artist put it "My own story told through music. It's AM Gold. It's the songs from my past, in the present."
Throughout this exhibition, the artist reminisces not only on his favorite musical acts, songs and albums, but also on the physical artifacts of music itself. Boomboxes, album liner notes, cassette tapes, gig posters and the original iPod all find their way into the work reminding us of how our own music consumption has changed drastically in the last couple decades. Despite changing styles and media, music has been along for the journey not just for Listfield, but for us as a society at large.
Scott Listfield 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 grew up in Boston and studied art at Dartmouth College. After some time spent living abroad, Scott returned to America and, after watching 2001: A Space Odyssey for the first time, began painting astronauts and, sometimes, dinosaurs. He now lives and works in Los Angeles. Scott regularly exhibits his work in galleries and museums around the world, and his paintings have been profiled in Juxtapoz, Wired Magazine, and The Boston Globe. In 2018 the first book on his work was published by Paragon Books.