Sanya Kantarovsky and Salman Toor are included in and I will wear you in my heart of heart, a group exhibition of contemporary paintings and textiles on view at the Flag Art Foundation.
Centering on a gesture of care, the exhibition explores the myriad ways in which artists evoke tenderness through depictions of lovers and friends, familial exchanges, moments of solitude, and even a cowboy and his pastel pink unicorn. Hear of heart includes recent and new works created for the exhibition that employ the cross-generational resurgence in figurative painting as a mode of exploring identity, cultural histories, and personal experiences.
Heart of heart nods to line spoken by Hamlet and addresses that which we hold closest, be it a relationship, a feeling, one’s own well-being, an object, or a dream. Illustratively, the “heart of heart” is akin to a castle’s keep, an innermost stronghold and safeguard from the outside world.