Week 11 – Artist Conversation: Yugia Gu

Exhibition Information

Artist: Yugia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA
Media: Digital images
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
Website: Yunjiagn.squarespace.com

About the Artist

Yugia Gu is a student at Cal State Long Beach. She is currently majoring in graphic design and is trying to earn her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts. She was always interested in drawing her whole life. She hopes to become a publisher for the newspaper. She is originally from China and moved to the U.S for school. She studied and stayed in New York for about five years until she decided to move to California to study. However, she really loved her time is New York. Lastly, she enjoys photography and going to museums.

Formal Analysis 

The images to show audience has no certain pattern to it. There is only a theme, which is to demonstrate the increasing number of guns that can affect people who live in United States. One of the images (left) shows the number of people buying the number of guns. The less people who buy guns, the less guns there are. Most of the images that are shown in the gallery are very well aligned with each other and is neat. There is not much color as well–only black, red, and white. This allows the distraction of color to not be invisible and viewers are able to get the point of the presentation.

Content Analysis 

Yugia Gu wants spreads information about gun violence. Since she is originally from China, there is less gun violence because people aren’t allowed to own guns there. Her mom warned her when she moved to the U.S about gun violence here. She wanted to spread awareness against gun violence. She really was involved in art ever since last year due to all the gun violence going around.

Synthesis/My Experience 

I really enjoyed the idea of creating a gallery. I thought it is very influential among students who attend CSULB. It creates awareness with gun violence in the U.S and it could possibly save a person’s life. I personally thought it was very meaningful. My favorite part was the large graphic design on the wall with the amount of persons and guns. My interpretation of it was that if there was more people who owned guns, the more gun violence there is in America.

I am very afraid of guns. I live in a more lower class neighborhood in Anaheim. There is so much violence whether shootings or robberies, that I am afraid to enter my house at night. There was a night where I was doing laundry outside and I heard about three gun shots and heard screaming after. My heart was pounding after that. Police came rushing about five minutes later. It is my personal reason for supporting awareness to gun violence in America.


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