Wk 11 – Artist Conversation – Yujia Gu

Exhibition Information

Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA
Media: Installations, Graphic Designs
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
Instagram: @yujia_gu

About the Artist

Yujia Gu is a graduate student at CSULB and is working toward obtaining her Masters for BFA in graphic design. She originally lived in China for most of her life until her family decided to come  to the United States for a better life. Before coming to the U.S. Yujia’s mother had warned her about the gun violence that took place in America. So inspired by her mother’s worry towards gun violence, is Gu’s art work.

Formal Analysis

Gu’s gallery was definitely an eye grabber, especially with large presentations posted across the wall. Sticker material, dark colors,  and striking images were posted throughout her gallery. Interesting about this gallery, was the usage of statistics that compared gun violence across different countries. Yujia also incorporated an LED display that shows the number of people shot that day. Her exhibit was a room filled with shocking realities of gun violence.

Content Analysis

Yujia made her exhibit in order to spread awareness about the serious matter of gun violence. Usually one can go on about their day without the idea of gun violence appearing, but for some people it’s an everyday thing. This exhibit shows how many young individuals have not been so lucky in life and died because of gun violence. It’s amazing that she worked to dedicate her who art work to being something that’ll inform people about the misuse of guns.

Synthesis / My Experience

This by far was my favorite art gallery analysis because it was so informative and interesting. Gun violence is so apparent in todays age and sometimes I fall blind to that matter. Yujia’s exhibit once again brought to my attention the fact that gun violence is still a serious matter and needs to be better controlled.

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