Wk11- Artist Conversation- Yujia Gu

Artist: Yujia Gu

Exhibition: Tracing

Media: Vinyl, multimedia, photography

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery

Website: yujiagu.squarespace.com

About the Artist

Yujia Gu is a student here at California State University, Long Beach. It is her last semester pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in print making. Hey professional goal is to pursuit a career in news and news papers. Initially Yujia was from Beijing, China where she earned her bachelors degree, but she moved her to attend CSULB. It is her third year in the US overall and she states that she has enjoyed every bit of her experience here. In her free time she likes to explore our small little city and enjoy nature in hikes. She enjoys the academic freedom here at long beach compared to chines structures.

Formal Analysis

Yujia makes a bold statement against gun violence in her exhibit. She highlights the effects of gun violence and shootings in the US particularly noting the mass shootings at public places. Of her art pierces there are wall arts that show the statistics due to gun violence. There is a map listing recent mass shooting. There is a memorial wall with victims. There were also TVs for additional effect. The main colors used were black and white; however, it seemed like the color red was used sparely to make a point.

Content Analysis

The main source of inspiration for this exhibit stems from Yujia’s mother. Her mothers own concerns for her daughter was the source of this. Because of a very tight close nit relationship between the two Yujia constantly contacts her mother on a daily basis. The reason being is that there has been a rise in gun violence against international students and student recently. The main point of this gallery was to rise awareness on gun violence and bring notice to the paradox where more people are buying guns to protect themselves from these incidents, but also more incidents stem from buying guns.

Synthesis/ My Experience

A very morbid but important gallery this week. I’ve been very under informed when it come to news recently and when I started using twitter again following some news sources I’ve just begun to notice the trends in shootings. It is almost everyday that there is an incident in the US and many in our state. It is good that someone is attempting to bring this issue to the masses.


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