Wk 11 – Artist Conversation – Yujia Gu

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Artist: Yujia Gu

Exhibit: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA

Media: Mixed Media

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi

Website:yujiagu.squarespace.com

About the Artist

Yujia Gu is currently a student at the CSULB School of Art’s Graphic Design program. She is working towards her MFA degree. Yujia is originally from China where she also went to college for Graphic Design and received her BFA degree . Ever since she was young, Yujia was highly interested in drawing. She also enjoys photography, movies, and museums. Yujia first moved to New York before coming to study in California. She was shocked to see how prominent gun violence is in the USA.

Formal Analysis

Yujia’s exhibit showcases the countless incidents of gun violence, the various names of victims, and some art work of guns and human figures. In addition, there are explanations as to why humans have guns and how guns affect the USA. She has a projection of the map of the USA and pin points to where there have been incidents of gun violence as well at the date. As the days progress, the number of incidents greatly increases. Another part of her exhibit shows how many people are getting shot every day. For the wall with the victims from the Sandy Hook shooting, Yujia places portraits of some of the many victims as well as their names as a little memorial. Yujia’s exhibit mainly uses the colors of black, white, and red as it represents guns and the blood of the victims.

Content Analysis

Before coming to the USA, Yujia’s mom warned her about the gun violence. International students were getting killed, thus her mom worried and talked to Yujia about how serious this issue was. In China, they are not allowed to have guns. When Yujia came to the USA, she did her research on gun violence and was astounded and terrified with all the statistics. Thus, Yujia created this exhibit in order to make other individuals how serious of a problem gun violence is. With the showcasing of mass shootings statistics, a memorial for the victims, and comparison of gun violence between USA and Canada, Yujia does her best to broadcast the problem.

Synthesis/My Experience

Overall, I liked Yujia’s exhibit. Gun violence has been a problem in the USA for a long time now, and I appreciate her effort to make this problem known. Yujia brings in logos and pathos into her exhibit, which makes her exhibit quite interesting and moving. This exhibit is a stepping stone for society to realize that gun violence should not be as common as it is nowadays. We can advocate through social media, but putting forth an exhibit or going to protests or marches are even better ways to get our voices heard. Yujia’s exhibit makes me wish to be more educated on the topic of gun violence and to research more incidents of it. I hope our society too make become more educated and come to realization of this growing problem we have.

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