Wk 11 – Artist Conversation – Yujia Gu

Exhibition Information

Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence In The USA
Media: Glass, LED display, graphics
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
Website: yujiagu.squarespace.com
Instagram: n/a

About the Artist

Yujia Gu is currently working on her undergrad in the graphic design program at CSULB. This is going to be her final semester here before she graduates. Yujia started drawing when she was very young and she ended up deciding that art would be her life choice. Her desire to work on graphic design originated in China and then it led her to come to the United States. When Yujia first arrived in the Unite States, she lived in New York for a couple of months before moving to the west coast. From her experience of traveling, she likes the west coast better than the east coast.

Formal Analysis

The gallery portrayed many ways to deliver it’s message about the overwhelming problem of gun violence. On the walls were a body count of people who died from guns as well as a paragraph that used a lot of symbols. There wasn’t to much color in the exhibit, The main colors used that I saw were black, white, and red. This gave her exhibit a very serious and deep feeling. There was also a collage of children in a sepia color  to display young children who have died from gun violence. She also included tv’s and  a projector which showed where gun violence has occurred in China and the United States.  By using very strong and minimal colors, Yujia was able to demonstrate and convey a serious message about guns in their relation to death.

Content Analysis

With this exhibit, Yujia wanted to address a topic that is very alarming and relevant to most people here in the United Sates and China. She wanted her exhibit to portray the pressure of gun violence that has been gong around hurting and killing people. While doing her research on this topic, Yujia found a very large and significant amount of people who lost their lives because of gun violence.

Synthesis/ My Experience

Gun violence and the rights to where people should be able to own guns has always been a hot topic issue amongst the people. Some people don’t feel safe that others have a gun. I think it is true that guns have led to many deaths but I honestly feel that it is not the guns that are the main issue but the people who use them. I think it is alright for people to own and use guns for safety and entertainment but it is not okay to use in times to start a fight. I think that the solution to end gun violence wouldn’t be banning guns but just stricter regulation of the handling and selling of guns. I am an honest believer in the saying that “Guns don’t kill people, it’s people who kill people.” A lot of people would be triggered by what I have to say about this topic but a knife is just a tool as well but it can be used to cook as well as kill people if used in the right way.


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