Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA
Media: Installations, Info-graphics, LED display.
Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
About The Artist
Yujia Gu is a student at CSULB’s School of Art and is working to get her Masters in fine arts. She moved to the United States from Asia about three years ago and has been enjoying her time going to school and living in Long Beach. She was hesitant to move to the US at first because of all the gun violence happening here that they hear about over seas. Her mother was especially worried for her safety but nonetheless Gu was determined to study in the US. She was intrigued to know if the gun violence was real or not.
In her exhibition, Gu reveals some astonishing statistics about gun violence in the US. Her exhibition includes statistics about mass shootings, the comparisons of gun violence among different countries, the number of children killed by guns since Newtown and much more. The way these statistics are presented is essential to the art show. She includes an info-graphic map that points to the places where gun violence happened during the last 72 hours in the US. She also has an LED display showing the number of people who were shot every day. Perhaps the most shocking part of her exhibition is the writing on the wall that reads “More and more people are buying guns to protect themselves from more and more people who are buying guns.” This is to show that gun violence is an endless loop.
Before moving to the US Gu did extensive research on gun violence in the US. Her interest in it is what inspired her exhibition. The purpose of it is to make people realize how serious the gun violence here is. From her research, she has discovered that schools, business buildings and places that are more active and populated have a higher risk of having gun violence. Her main goal is to inform the viewer about all the gun violence happening around us and to encourage them to understand that it is necessary to learn how to properly use guns and have gun control.
Synthesis/ My Experience
I was really surprised to learn some of the statistics presented in Yujia Gu’s exhibition. I think a lot of the time the people who live in the US like to turn our heads to the side and pretend that this isn’t all happening. People like Yujia who live in other countries take it more seriously than we even do. Gun violence is a serious issue in our lives and gun control needs to be improved. This exhibition was definitely a eye opener.