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Undergraduate Art Show, Better Off Now, May 27 – June 13, 2014 at UC San Diego

Dates: May 27 – June 13, 2014
Reception: Friday, May 30, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery
7250 Mesa College Dr., D101
San Diego, California 92111
(619) 388 – 2829

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday : 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Wednesday : 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Thursday: 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Friday: 3:00 – 7:00 pm

Gallery is closed on Mondays. Appointments can be made by email at

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Better Off Now is a group exhibition highlighting talented, young artists from the University of California, San Diego. The works in the exhibit show facets of distortion and isolation within our contemporary society. Better Off Now is the annual Undergraduate Art Show hosted by the San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery, featuring: Lawrence Chit, Yerrie Choo, Tanner Cook, Ren Ebel, Kim Garcia, Jenny Lee, Negar Nekouei, Annabeth Paul, David Shere, Elizabeth Stringer, Charity Vincent, and Hongxiao Wei.

Forms of distortion are exemplified within several pieces in the exhibition. Kim Garcia explores the elusiveness of memory through her installation, Drift, utilizing sound and video to recreate the act of recollection. Lawrence Chit’s video-installation, Unintended Consequences, embodies the meaning of technology today, investigating the relationship between “broken” devices and their owners. In Charity Vincent’s work, the use of photography and saturated colors with found objects build a terrain of abstract worlds. With distortion, modes of isolation may follow as a result of the divide that modifies both perception and identity.

In Riley, Ren Ebel uses layers of distortion in the material image to alienate the viewer from the subject, he experiments with the formal elements of fiction and documentary, melding the two to produce a poetic cinema. Tanner Cook’s film, Viewfinder, manifests disconnection as a byproduct of solitude, as his characters exist within the daze of suburban life. Using pen and ink, Yerrie Choo communicates thoughts of internal and external isolation in familiar social settings, emphasizing loneliness through the use of negative space.

Better Off Now represents the transition from student artist to emerging artist who explore the blurred boundaries between distortion and isolation within society. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, May 30 at the San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Parking is FREE on the reception night in the Faculty A Lots adjacent and across from the flagpole.

This exhibition and reception is made possible with support from the Department of Visual Arts at UC San Diego.

Undergraduate Art Exhibition Contact:
Kim Garcia
(619) 578-9097

Department of Visual Arts Media Contact:
Sheena Ghanbari
(858) 822-7755

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