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Open: Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-6pm


Hayal Pozanti: The World For A Mirror

Timothy Taylor, New York

Thu 20 Apr 2023 to Sat 27 May 2023

74 Leonard Street, NY 10013 Hayal Pozanti: The World For A Mirror

Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-6pm

Artist: Hayal Pozanti

Timothy Taylor presents The World For A Mirror, an exhibition of paintings by Hayal Pozanti (b. 1983, Istanbul, Turkey). This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, following an announcement of representation earlier this year. Pozanti’s exhibition inaugurates Timothy Taylor’s new 6,000-square-foot New York gallery at 74 Leonard Street in Tribeca.

Installation Views

The exhibition presents lush, large-scale abstract paintings that Pozanti makes by drawing with brightly colored oil sticks, which she blends into the canvas with her fingers. For the past decade, Pozanti has been interested in the impact of technological progress on human society, creating an alphabet of 31 glyphs to translate this data into concentrated geometric paintings.

Eventually, Pozanti’s investigations led her to focus on the repercussions of human inventions on the natural world. With a growing concern for climate-related disaster, and a new interest in exploring her subconscious, Pozanti has sought a form of art that mirrors lifelike movement and natural growth. The new works begin with en-plein-air sketches of the landscapes that Pozanti encounters in travels or around her home in rural Vermont, which she abstracts on the canvas. In the final paintings Pozanti seeks a trancelike connection between body and mind, shaping the biomorphic forms rooted in her symbolic language into sweeping visions marked by the texture of touch.

Pozanti’s original alphabet, which she compares to the building blocks of DNA, has grown into a complex ecology of channels and orbs reminiscent of waterfalls, forests, mushrooms, and flowers. In The Kin of Ata are Waiting for You (1971), a science fiction novella, Dorothy Bryant imagines a utopian community in which people design reality around ideas revealed to them in their dreams. This radical fable was a key influence on Pozanti, whose paintings reflect an idealized world based on her vision of life beyond human exceptionalism.

The exhibition’s title is drawn from a poem by Robinson Jeffers, The World For a Mirror, which reflects on the poet’s surrounding landscape as a mirror for his inner self. Jeffers’ celebration of the ferocity and freedom of wild animals, and the enduring beauty of sea, sky and stone, sheds light on Pozanti’s own vision of the human experience as a single chord within the symphony of the universe.

The mountains, woods and icy streams outside Pozanti’s window offer clear inspiration, while a sensual palette of golden, apricot and rose pink in paintings such as Off To Dream Farther Away (2023) suggests a transcendent communion with the sublime. In the burning orange orbs of one cool blue canvas, we can almost hear the murmur of insects at twilight; yet Pozanti has created a fundamentally alien planet, where the ease with which unknown plants and animals grow provokes a moral reckoning in the viewer. Pozanti’s verdant world compels us to imagine the possibility of adapting to the rhythms of the earth, instead of forcing the earth to live within ours.

Hayal Pozanti (b. 1983, Istanbul, Turkey) has a BA from Sabanci University and an MFA from Yale University. She has been awarded large-scale public projects and commissions by the New York Public Library, NY; Public Art Fund, New York, NY and Cleveland Clinic and Case Western, Cleveland. Her work has been presented in institutional solo shows at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York. Her work is in the permanent collections of: Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); San Jose Museum of Art; and the Hammer Museum. Pozanti had her last solo exhibition ‘Lingering’ in 2022 at Jessica Silverman, San Francisco. Pozanti lives and works in Manchester, VT.

Courtesy of the artist and Timothy Taylor

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