Painting

Scott Listfield's Lonely Astronaut Comes to San Francisco

May 23, 2018

Scott Listfield's lonely astronaut returns to the gallery world in his latest show ALGORITHM, a solo exhibition at San Francisco mainstay Spoke Art. In his latest chapter, Listfield's astronaut finds themself in the ruins of San Francisco and Silicon Valley, which Listfield uses as a fitting environment to explore and increasingly automated world.

ALGORITHM is a series of oil paintings that are set in a world populated by drones, self-driving vehicles, and robots. The work presents a derelict aftermath, inviting the viewer to consider a cityscape overrun by technology and devoid of human life.

The work is critical of the ways in which we interface with an ever-changing technological landscape. Examining this pivotal moment in time, Listfield ponders, “Just because we can do something, does that mean we should? What is technology without the human component? And what kind of problems are we solving?”