Week 11- Artist Conversation- Yujia Gu

Exhibit Information:

Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA
Media: Graphic Design
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
Website: yujiagu.squarespace.com

About the Artist

Yujia is original from china. When she first came to the America, she experienced cultural shook, especially the teach style. She says in China the universities tend to baby their students unlike America which gives students a lot more freedom. Before coming to Long Beach, she studied at New York for 5 years.

Formal Analysis

Yujia’s art decorated the whole room. Her gallery was pretty simple. It utilised some lights, stickers, and projections. The projections statistics as well as images of people who have died due to gun violence. The stick figure stickers represented the statistics of people who have died due to gun violence. Based on her gallery the amount of people died in the United States is unbelievable because the sticker surrounded three walls.

Content Analysis

She came up with this idea when she remembered her mother warning her about gun violence in the U.S.. In China, Guns are not allowed which is completely different from America. This exhibit is actually from last year due to all the shooting that has occurred. She really wants to spread awareness of  gun control by emphasising the different between China and America. On the bottom of the walls, the number of people who have died in America is greatly bigger than in China. She represented this by using human stick figure stickers.

Synthesis/My Experience

I really enjoyed her gallery. It utilised the whole space in the room. When I walked in, I was so overwhelmed by everything. It really emphasised the important of gun violence and brought awareness to the problem. I always enjoy galleries that utilises all the space in the room. It also looks very minimalistic. It was simple and to the point which I really love.


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