Week 11- Artist Conversation- Yujia Gu

Artist: Yujia Gu

Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence In The USA

Media: Graphic design

Gallery: CSULB Art Galleries, Dutzi

About the Artist

Yujia Gu is in her third year at CSULB as an MFA major in graphic design. Gu originally received her MFA in graphic design in China, but came to Long Beach to further her education, and gain more experience. Her work explores cultural differences in terms of behavior, ways of thinking, and living styles.

Formal Analysis

The exhibit was a visual representation of gun violence. Gu used vinyl to construct images of guns, people, and words on the walls of the exhibit. She also used other forms of media including photography, glass, and projection. Her exhibit was very powerful and immediately caught my attention,

Content Analysis

Gu’s exhibit ‘Tracing Gun Violence In The USA” addresses the extreme issues involving gun violence in the U.S. by comparing percentages to other countries. She said that there was definitely gun violence in China, but it was a lot worse here in the states and she had a definite fear as we all should.

My Experience

When I walked into Gu’s exhibit I was immediately drawn in by the visuals that she had in her exhibit. On the wall to the right as soon as you walked in was the big giant vinyl and that definitely caught my attention and reading it was definitely something that moved me. Gu is definitely concerned as we all should be about gun violence.




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