The event may be over, but you can still view the artwork by appointment Mon-Fri 9 AM–4 PM. The last day for viewings is Wednesday Nov 27, 2019.

November 20, 2019 at 5 PM Pacific

Torr Kaelan
416 13th St.
San Diego, CA 92101

Border is pleased to present our inaugural ENGAGE Art Show & Shindig Creative Inspiration: Tracing lines between cities and memories featuring San Diego-based artist and designer Arzu Ozkal. The event takes place in Border's offices at Torr Kaelan in East Village. A selection of complimentary wine, beer and light snacks will be offered during the event. This is an 18+ adult-only event.

Tickets are limited and you must have a ticket for admission!

The artwork will be indoors, but the panel and general event will be in the outdoor courtyard. Please bring appropriate warmth as it may be San Diego chilly.

Artist Statement

These images are exploring the cartographic perspectives of quasi-fictional landscapes; where past and present are not two separate entities. The complexities of social life juxtaposed with other speculative political discourses looking over a desert under quarantine, seeking alternative modes of being. One panel includes traces of architectural relic, objects defined by light, and facades covered with encrypted signals. Second panel documents diachronic and synchronic memories; changing qualities of a frozen moment. I believe all design is performative without any distinctive edge. It is a process of interpreting, re-constructing, and re-writing with cacophonous blends of various elements, forms and type.


  • 5:00 PM Doors open
  • 5:15 - 6:00 Group guided viewings with Arzu
    5:15 - 5:30 Group 1
    5:30 - 5:45 Group 2
    5:45 - 6:00 Group 3
  • 6:00 - 7:00 Panel conversation
  • 7:15 - 8:00 Group guided viewings with Arzu
    7:15 - 7:30 Group 4
    7:30 - 7:45 Group 5
    7:45 - 8:00 Group 6
  • 8:00 PM Doors close

Viewing the Artwork

We want to give every attendee dedicated time to view the artwork and discuss it with the artist. Upon arrival, you may sign up for an ENGAGE group. Groups are limited to 10 people and are available on a first come/first serve basis. Attendees may join more than one group, permitting everyone has a chance to view the art at some point.

If you plan on drinking alcohol, please bring a valid ID. Only those with a valid ID will be given a wristband.

The Panel Conversation

A conversation with Arzu and other panelists TBD facilitated by Stacey Edelstein from Raygun on the theme. The audience will be invited to join the conversation as well once the panelists provide their perspective on the the topic.

We hope this is a group conversation inspired by the artwork and guided by the panelists and facilitator. We want this panel to be as interactive as possible.

Featured Artists

Arzu Ozkal

ARZU OZKAL is a Turkish born, San Diego, CA based artist, designer, and researcher whose work focus on design’s role in looking for forms of creative and critical outcomes through participation and collaboration.
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Kaori Fukuyama

KAORI FUKUYAMA is a multi-disciplinary artist from Japan, who lives and works in San Diego. She creates paintings, drawings, sculptures, and site-specific installations that explore the interactions of color, light and shadow.

Breeann Kyte Kirby

BREEANN KYTE KIRBY is a NorCal transplant to San Diego. A former research scientist now writer, she works with scientists and artists, facilitating collaborations that present hard research in beautiful ways.

Stacey Edelstein

STACEY EDELSTEIN is Co-founder + Design Director at Raygun, a social impact design studio based in San Diego. She also serves as the San Diego City Organizer for Tech Ladies, a global organization working to advance women in technology.