Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violenece in the USA
Media: Graphic Design
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi
About the Artist
Yujia Gu is a currently a student CSULB. She is in the MFA program with her main focus on graphic design. She has been designing since she was 19. And has fallen in love with this art. Not only does she wishes to make beautiful designs, but she also wants to incorporate the concept of effectiveness to her art. She wishes to use her platform on social media as well as her art to expose more individual of the concerns that the world is facing.
Yujia’s exhibit has a clear cut theme to it: gun violence. All around the room was human body silhouettes wrapping around the bottom of the wall. Moreover there were also some that were placed strategically in the image of a gun
Each one of the panels are arranged with the same color scheme of white,black,and red. On the the panel with a clear hanging piece with photographs of children, were the students that had passed away from the school shooting in Newtown. In addition, next to it was a video that pin pointed which locations and the year in which there was a mass schooting.
Yujia began this exhibition with the perspective of a foreign student. She always wanted to come to the United States to study, however her parents were concerned for her safety as they were aware of the seriousness that gun violence has caused. With her pieces she was able to reveal the statistics in a more visual manner. The number of dots that kept appearing and the large amount of human body silhouettes emphasizes the large numbers of deaths that come from shootings alone. With her display of portraits and images, along with the students names, she was able to portray a sense of realization, sadness, controversy, and possibly even anger for this issue.
Synthesis / My Experience
When walking into the room, I was overwhelm by the flashing images as well as the bold colors incorporated into the exhibit. I was also shocked to see the statistics of what gun violence has brought upon. I really enjoyed her exhibit in that you didn’t have to understand the words to understand what she was trying to portray. Finally, I do believe her work was effective in exposing the violence around gun, while being somewhat emotional about it.