Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA
Media: Mixed Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
About the Artist
Born in China, Yujia came to America for school. She is working towards her MFA in the School of Arts Graphic Design program. However, CSULB is not her first school here in the states. Yujia actually studied in New York for five years before transferring to CSULB. Yujia describes school back home as extremely strict. She was amazed with how much freedom we have as students here at Long Beach. However, she loves it here in California and will be sad when she has to leave.
Yugia was inspired to research gun control and gun violence here in America when she first moved to the states. Before leaving China to pursue her MFA, her mom warned her of the shootings that occurred not only in Long Beach and New York, but all over the United States. This triggered her interest in the subject and she then created “Tracing Gun Violence in the USA.” The exhibition is clear and the message is strong, way too many people die a year in the U.S from gun violence. Whether it is from police shootings, citizen shootings, or school shootings, any shooting is too much. The message on the wall spoke incredibly strong when read aloud. People are buying guns to protect themselves from more and more people. This message repeats and repeats itself until there is only one person left with one gun. The message is clear, we need some type of gun control.
The exhibition has an incredible amount of meaning in the fact that shootings are not foreign to many of us today. It seems as if every other week you hear about someone with a gun killing another person or even many people. When compared to the amount of killings there are by gun in Canada, our number is astronomical. Another part of the exhibition was the amount of children killings by gun in the U.S. This part of the exhibition speaks louder than the rest because of the subject. Children are innocent and have their entire lives to live. No child deserves to die at the hand of a gun. All of the children’s names were printed in red on the wall; a list of about one hundred children. Next to their names was a sheet of glass that had a picture of each child listed on the wall.
After attending this exhibition, I firmly believe gun control is a must. There is way too many bad people with guns doing horrible things to not only other people, but innocent children. Gun laws should be much more strict because obviously the U.S has a problem with guns. With gun control being such a hot topic in today’s society, this exhibition could not have any better timing. Before this exhibition, I did not firmly believe guns were that much of a problem in America. Although politics are a touchy subject for most, gun control is something that needs to be addressed and resolved now.