Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing gun violence in the USA
Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Media: Info-graphics, LED
About the Artist:
Yujia Gu is a CSULB graduate student majoring in Graphics Design. Her mom was an important aspect in her life as well as in her artwork. She became aware of gun violence when her mom worried that she would study abroad in the United States and heard news of a lot of violence towards international students. She was inspired then to create pieces visualizing these situations. Aside from her work, she loves to spend time creating designs of her own regarding brands, posters and logos.
Yujia illustrates through her art the statistics regarding gun violence. In her hopes to spread awareness of this matter, she includes various topics in her work about shootings, determining the age and location of where they take place. In addition, she also showcases this using a LED display of how many people die from this every day.
Yujia showcases a powerful message in her work: “More and more people are buying guns to protect themselves from more and more people who are buying guns.” With pictures and information regarding the victims of gun violence, Yujia reveals that gun control is a necessity to stop this cycle of killings.
I was deeply moved with this exhibition. Given the recent shootings the past few years, Yujia takes a very current event and succeeds in informing the world of what is happening and the cause. Yujia also displays this in a simple but very powerful way, revealing accurate information to further her point of the violence spreading through the United States. It was heartbreaking seeing the faces and names on the wall she created of the victims.