(b. 1983, Lahore, Pakistan; lives and works in New York, New York)
Downtown Boys, 2020. Oil on panel. © Salman Toor; Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York
The painting shows an interior scene of revelry among friends and lovers. The central figure reaches out in a welcoming, serpentine gesture to two embracing figures, their limbs intertwined. Behind them on the lower left side is a tender kiss shared by a couple on a beanbag. With this painting I wanted to summon a sense of closeness and romance in this time without certainties and much isolated self-reflection.
Salman Toor is a participant in Art on the Grid, a citywide, open-air exhibition presented by Public Art Fund. Conceived in the spring of 2020, the exhibition features 50 artists’ reflections on the converging crises of the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism in our country.