Wk11-Artist Conversation-Yujia Gu

Artist: Yujia Gu

Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA

Media: Graphic Design

Gallery: CSULB School of Art Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

About the Artist

Yujia Gu is currently attending California State University Long Beach and is pursuing in MFA in Graphic Design degree within the school of art.

Formal Analysis

Yujia used a lot of wall prints to display her work with one that had words to demonstrated the cycle of guns in America. Another area had a hanging sheet of plastic with the faces of children who have become victims of gun violence since the Newton shootings and the wall listed their names. Outside of the graphic design, Yujia also made use of a projector which had a slide show of shootings that happened all over the country.

Content Analysis 

Gu’s work touches on the controversial topic of gun control and violence. On the wall she wrote “more and more people are buying guns to protect themselves from more and more people who are buying guns.” Her art explores the cycle that this creates and how it can be really problematic. In her work, she also talks about how schools and business are at the highest risk for gun violence. Due to this statistic, she focused on children who became victims of this type of violence by displaying their portraits in her gallery.

Synthesis/My Experience

Although it is more political than most art exhibits, myself and a lot of other class members were really attracted to this exhibit because it was so relevant. High school and college is a really stressful time and I personally don’t think school boards pay enough attention to mental illnesses which a lot of the time can lead to this type of violence. Besides that, there is a lot of hate in our country and there hasn’t been a lot to limit the use of guns. It is really sad because so many innocent people fall victim to gun violence. Overall, I thought this exhibit was really eye opening and important in our generation.

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