Wk 11-Artist conversation- Yujia Gu

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Exhibit Information:

Artist: Yujia Gu

Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence In The USA

Media: Graphic design

Gallery: CSULB Art Galleries, Dutzi

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About the Artist:

Yujia Gu is a third year here at California State University, Long Beach. She is getting her MFA in graphic design. Yujia Gu has already received an MFA in graphic design in China but she come here to Long Beach to continue her educational journey. She explores people and their differences culturally through behavior, thinking, and life styles.

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Formal Analysis:

The exhibit Tracing Gun Violence In The USA deals with gun violence. The exhibit features vinyl constructions of guns, people, and words that were presented in lines that decline in numbers on the walls of the exhibit. Yujia Gu also featured other forms of media including photography, glass, and projection.

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Content Analysis:

The exhibit addresses the issue and impact of gun violence in the USA. Yujia Gu even compared statistics of gun violence from the United States with other countries. The exhibit was very forward but it helped to show the strong message behind the work.

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My experience:

I found Yujia Gu’s gallery was hard hitting. I was both shocked and surprised by the statistics that were presented. It was interesting to view something that was both very straight forward facts and art at the same time. I found the exhibit to be very powerful and I hope that it opened up people’s eyes.

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