Wk 11 – Artist Conversation – Yujia Gu

This week I chose to walk into one of the most realistic art galleries. When I say realistic, I mean how eye opening it is. I wasn’t able to interview Yujia Gu, the artist behind the gallery but I believe the work and her personal statement speak for itself. Her work was in the CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery, and her piece was called Tracing Gun Violence in the USA. 

At first when you walk in, you immediately see all the pictures of guns plastered on all the walls. There are maybe hundreds of guns and little people plastered on the wall with words that say “to protect themselves from more and more…are buying.” on the bottom of the wall, you see it says “Canada” with only a limited amount of people represented. Then you see “The United States” and all 4 walls are filled with people. This represents how America is compared to other countries regarding arms weapons.

Another piece that you can’t miss if you walk in is the projection wall that highlighted different states and cities that gun violence has been an issue. The one that hit me the most was in the back wall to the left. It was a transparent wall with pictures of little kids on it. I didn’t understand it at first but when i looked behind it, it said “Children Killed by Guns Since Newton” and it broke my heart. It also includes their names.

I really enjoyed this art gallery because of how realistic and honest it is while being extremely informative on gun violence. Guns have always been a controversial topic and some people don’t understand why, but I believe that this gallery and Yujia’s work really brings the issue to light. It’s not something we want to see or believe but this is all reality and I think that this is a very nice way to show it.


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