Hayal Pozanti – Empathy Box, 2014

<p></p> <p>The practice of Hayal Pozanti (b. 1983, Istanbul, Turkey) spans painting, digital animation, and sculpture. Pozanti negotiates two opposing image producing interfaces, the digital, with its mechanical, frenetic pace, and traditional studio practice, with its slowness, imperfection, and tactile insistence. To do so, she has invented “Instant Paradise”: a thirty-one-character “alphabet,” which she uses to generate shapes that never repeat themselves, nor have a recognizable equivalent in visual culture. Embedded within these shapes are bundles of mined data relating to the impact of contemporary technological developments on human lives. Through this process, Pozanti acts as a digital-to-analog encryption system so as to preserve information that could be lost or altered in the cloud. Her movement, from freehand to track pad, reinforces her intent, so that the final composition is equally successful online and in person. Her digital animations, both informed by her back and forth translation of mechanical and digital processes and her desire for the means via which they are seen to be interchangeable, non-hierarchical, and streamlined.</p> <p><strong><br></strong></p> <p><strong>Hayal Pozanti</strong> (b. 1983, Istanbul, Turkey) has a BA from Sabanci University and a MFA from Yale University. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Broad Art Museum in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the San Jose Museum of Art and JP Morgan. Pozanti has had solo exhibitions around the world, including at Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco (2018), Dirimart, Istanbul (2017), Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York (2016), the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut (2015). Her work was been featured in group exhibitions at The Kitchen (New York), MCA Santa Barbara (CA), Cornell Fine Arts Museum (FL), Sabanci Museum (Istanbul), Prospect 3 for the New Orleans Biennial and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In 2017, she presented a monumental digital video installation, titled “Relentless Tenderness,” at the new World Trade Center for Public Art Fund. She was one of the participating artists in the Rhizome 7 x 7 Conference in 2019. Pozanti lives and works in Los Angeles.</p> <p></p>