In her practice, Hayal Pozantı transforms written expressions into visual compositions using her own alphabet called Instant Paradise. The said-alphabet emerged in relation to data encoding, which has since become a prominent practice of the artist’s generation, and Pozantı converts phrases into abstract visual compositions using this alphabet. Now that the mass media has considerably shortened the time required to become familiar with an image, Pozantı looks for ways to extend restricting time frames; in other words, she explores its reversal like it was perceived in the earlier, more slow-paced eras. This language that reproduces itself in countless combinations, invites the viewer to pursue patterns, which are unknown at first sight yet evoke a sense of familiarity in time as they are repeated.
Hayal Pozantı (b. 1983, Istanbul) received her BA from Sabanci University and MFA from Yale University. In 2015, Pozantı had her first solo exhibition titled Deep Learning at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut. Her work Relentless Tenderness was recently shown at the World Trade Center as part of Public Art Fund’s 40th anniversary show. Pozantı’s selected group exhibitions include Prospect 3, New Orleans Biennial (2014); Sabanci Museum, Istanbul (2015); Cornell Fine Arts Museum (2015); MCA Santa Barbara (2015); The Kitchen, New York (2016); Western Michigan University (2017). Pozantı’s works are also part of the permanent collections of the Broad Art Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the JP Morgan Private Bank Collection. Pozantı lives and works in Los Angeles.