Wk 11 – Artist Conversation – Yujia Gu

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Artist: Yujia Gu

Exhibition: Gun Violence in the USA

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery

Yujia Gu is an underclassman at the CSULB School of Art. However, she wasn’t available to be directly interviewed at the time of viewing her gallery. No other personal information is available at this time.

Yujia’s exhibit was interesting. All of the walls were covered or had something for the viewer to look at. However it wasn’t cluttered at all, it was minimalist in design. One wall had a quote repeating over, mixing with symbols of guns and people, all while creating a large, gun shape image on the wall. The walls were white and people sticker figures were either black or red. On another wall, she had along list of names, representing some of the people that have been killed due to guns.

Yujia’s meaning of her artwork is all about gun violence in the U.S. She displays just how big of an issue this is and she wants to bring awareness about it to the art gallery viewers. Many people are being affected by gun violence across the U.S. and she tried her best to portray that. In her summary, she explains that this exhibit was inspired from her mother telling her stories about gun violence in the U.S., especially school students being involved, before Yujia moved to the U.S. to go to school here.

This exhibit was very interesting to me and quite relevant to the current political climate for the past year. There has been a huge uprising in gun violence, but some have certain categories such as police brutality, random shooting, domestic violence, etc, but still boil down to the same point that gun violence is a serious issue in a lot of ways. Fear instigates people to do certain actions, such as this where people will probably lean on buying guns to protect themselves from people who have guns. It creates a never ending fear-mongering loop, which Yujia’s exhibit represents I feel like from the gun wall and the repetition quote. It was nice to see this kind of exhibit at school to bring awareness to the students. I was somewhat aware of the issue, so I’m not surprised that this would eventually come up as an exhibit.

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