- Artist: Yujia Gu
- Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence In The USA
- Media: Graphic Design
- Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
- Website: yujiagn.squarespace.com
About the Artist
CSULB graduate Yujia Gu is a graphic design artist working toward her MFA degree in the School of Art’s Graphic Design Program.
Yujia created a large scale memorial piece for her exhibit. In the room there are phrases and statistics associated with gun violence. There is also a project that displays a timeline on the mass gun shootings that have happened starting from this month of last year. There were also two TVs with headphones for the audience to listen to more facts, throughout the room there were gunshot sounds. Hanging from the ceiling is a transparent screen with black and white photos of people who have died as victims of these scenes. Behind it, on the wall there is a list of names.
The purpose of this exhibit was to raise awareness, the same type of awareness Yujia’s mom wanted to give her when she wanted to study in the United States. Unlike China, where it is not allowed to have a gun on one’s person, it is very legal here. We have plenty of shootings that happen every month and Yujia believes the more guns that are available the higher the possibility of a shooting. People buy guns to protect themselves from people that are buying guns, this pointless loop is the what Yujia wants to bring awareness to. The seriousness in her display shows her strong feelings towrds the subject matter.
I was a little shook reading the facts through her displays and felt like I was in a historical museum. Which isn’t a bad thing, I feel museum take a lot of time and careful consideration with their use of space and portrayal of their pieces. Overall I really liked her exhibit, this is a sensitive topic and for her to display it through art which puts it up for self interpretation can be tricky,
because I feel artists would still want their audience to enjoy their work while understanding the message and seriousness behind it and I think she did a really good of that.