Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA
Media: Photography, Graphic design, Multimedia
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
Gu is currently attending CSULB’s MFA graphic design program as a fourth year. She actually was raised in China and acquired her BFA in graphic design there. Her dreams include furthering a career in graphic design and printmaking prior to graduation.
The colors that she picked were perfected for setting the theme. The bright bold red symbolized the violence or blood that occurred giving the whole gallery a much more emotional feel. The dark bold black gave a much more feel of death and fear. There were repeated guns on one of the walls in-between words showing the most important piece in the gallery which we should be focusing on. It gave a very overwhelming feel to the gallery itself.
The exhibit, “Tracing,” is all about showing everyone how many lives gun violence has taken and affected in the United States. The majority of this exhibit was based on the amount of children that were killed by guns in the United States. This is the most emotional part of the gallery. Kids are innocent and have not done anything to deserve the violence. On one of the walls of the exhibit, there were all the children’s names that this affected.
This experience was definitely one of the most emotional ones I have had all year. This gallery really touched my heart because I do not believe that children, or anyone in that matter, deserve to die. This gallery was an amazing awareness of gun violence and I am so glad Yujia Gu decided to do this.