Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA
Media: Mix Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
About the Artists
Yujia Gu has already earned her BFA in Graphic Design in China before she came to America. Right now she is currently working on earning her MFA in the School of Art’s graphic design program. After college, she is hoping to find a career as a publisher in newspapers. Before coming to Long Beach, she studied at New York for 5 years.
Yujia’s art decorated the whole room. It utilized some lights, stickers, and projections. The projections statistics as well as images of people who have died due to gun violence. The were also stick figure stickers represented the statistics of people who have died due to gun violence. Everything was mostly black and white with some red in some other images.
The whole exhibition was very straight to the point and informational. Yujia explained that her mother had always warned about the dangers that guns bring which led to her inspiration for this exhibit. The exhibition in particularly highlights the shootings in Newton, where several children and staff in the Sandy Hook were horrendously killed by gun violence. Her project was to bring awareness to this stigma and hopefully inspire people to take action against gun violence.
Synthesis / My Experience
When I first walked in, I was amazed at how much effort and thought went into her work. I really enjoyed this exhibition because it happened a lot during my generation. I see how much she wants to bring to attention what has happened in the world and try to do something about this problem.