Wonder Ball | Hayal Pozanti


Hayal Pozanti
Born 1983, Istanbul
Lives and works in New York

Five Eyes, 2014
Acrylic on wood panel
45 x 45 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco
Retail value: $15,000

Inspired by technological theory and prehistoric pictographs, Hayal Pozanti makes paintings whose bold, interlocking shapes explore relationships between new technologies and the handmade. Much of her work grows from a lexicon of thirty-one shapes the artist has devised, which she repeats in various, overlapping combinations throughout her paintings in an effort to create a “universal language to unite my cross-cultural experiences.” Five Eyes (2014) was inspired by architectural design software, and is part of a body of work Pozanti refers to as “paintings of yet-to-be-realized abstract sculptures.” Five Eyes began as a drawing that was fed into a computer for manipulation, then painted on panel with colors she mixes herself.  Pozanti juxtaposes a painterly attention to the tactility and tonality of the surface with technological references: the square canvas derives from the format of an Instagram icon, and the title is drawn from her Twitter feed. In her graphic yet deeply meditative paintings, Pozanti considers the icons and logos of our technological existence.

Hayal Pozanti holds an MFA from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, California; the Kitchen, New York; and the International Contemporary Art Biennial, New Orleans, as well as internationally in Italy, Mexico, Turkey, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Pozanti’s work is the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, JP Morgan Collection, and Fidelity Investments.

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