Wk 11 – Artist Conversation – Yujia Gu

Exhibition Information

Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA
Media: Installations, Info-graphics, LED display.
Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Instagram: @yujia_gu

About The Artist

Yujia Gu is a student at CSULB’s School of Art and is studying to earn her Masters for Fine Arts. She moved from Asia to the US and started studying here at CSULB, since then she’s been enjoying her time here! At first, she was scared to move to the US because of all the gun violence she had heard about. Her mother was very hesitant in letter her come to the United States but after contemplating about whether or not to come, she ultimately decided to come and pursue her career and see if gun violence here was that serious.

Content Analysis

Before coming all the way to the States, Gu did a lot of research on gun violence in the United States. Her interest in gun violence is what fuels her inspiration for her exhibition. Her purpose is to make more people realize how serious gun violence is here. In her research, she has discovered that schools, business buildings, and places that are more active and populated have a higher risk of having gun violence. Her main goal is to inform those who have little to no information about gun violence and teach them how important it is to use guns or even not own any.

Synthesis/ My Experience

Gu’s exhibit was pretty interesting and caught my attention, especially with the repetitive words she had on the wall about guns. I feel that other people from other countries take gun violence more seriously than we actually do. She was highly influence about whether or not to come to our country if gun violence was actually a problem. I wonder if people actually avoid coming here because of their worries of gun violence. If thats the case i’d hate to see people not chase their career goals here in the US, or anywhere for any gun violence related problem.

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