Wk 11 – Artist Conversation – Yujia Gu

Artist: Yujia Gu
Gallery: CSULB School of Art

About the Artist:
Yujia Gu is a graduate student here at CSULB, majoring in Graphic Design. She loves to do  logo designs, visual identity of branding, packaging, posters, books, and magazine layouts. When she wanted to come to the United States to study, her mom warned her and was scared about her safety because of incidents she heard about on the news. She heard that international students were killed by the usage of guns. However, Yujia Gu still decided to come and has been living in the U.S for three years. She researched on the statistics and was inspired to create a project through art considering the intense situations on gun violence.

Formal Analysis:
Her purpose of her exhibition is “to make people realize how serious the gun violence is”. In her projects, she shows the names and faces of people who lost their innocent lives through gun violence. She also wants to show people how to have gun control and the proper usage of them.

Content Analysis:
She includes mass shootings that has happened in different countries, including children’s deaths. She maps out where gun violence happened during the last 72 hours in the U.S. and the number of people who were shot every day on the LED display.

Synthesis/My Experience:
This exhibit was one of the most meaningful artworks that I have visited this whole semester. I think that gun violence is a major problem around the world. I believe that gun control should be more strict, even if people say that that also creates problems as well (such as less chance of being protected). Gun violence is a serious issue because of the amount of incidents that has happened these past years.



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