Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence In The USA
Media: Graphic design
Gallery: CSULB Art Galleries, Dutzi
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.
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.
Gu’s exhibit ‘Tracing Gun Violence In The USA” addresses the extreme issues involving gun violence in the U.S. by comparing alarming percentages to other countries. Gu’s display and use of the space had a powerful effect on it’s audience, and presented a very straight forward way of addressing gun violence.
When talking to Gu she discussed how there is a lot of gun violence in China, but there is way more gun violence in the USA, and she feels even more unsafe being here. I was very moved by Gu’s work and was left feeling very shocked and horrified by the alarmingly higher percentages of gun violence in the U.S.