Wk 9-Artist Conversation: Dalia Banuelos and Daniel Bonilla-Vera

Artist: Dalia Banuelos and Daniel Bonilla

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery


Media: photography

Instagram:  Daniel Bonilla    deliaeffect

Website: Daniel Bonilla

Dalia and Daniel are both undergraduate seniors at CalState Long Beach. They are both in the studio arts program. Dalia came from the San Fernando Valley. Daniel comes from Central Valley. Unfortunately, both were not accepted into the BFA of photography. On her spare time, Dalia does a bit of everything. She does martial arts on the side. Dalia is currently interested in the metal program at school.

The exhibit is a joint work by friends. They made the gallery in response to being rejected and also as a representation of themselves.  On the left are pieces by Daniel, works rejected by the BFA. The ones on the right are by Dalia, works rejected by the BFA, her professors, and also by peers in general. The installation at the end of the room are the combined works of the photographers. The web-like strings are made by a single black string. It was an alternative display that they wanted to do to represent and emphasize their sadness. The single string represents the fragility they feel towards the rejection. To me, the hard work, represented by the photos clipped to the single string, also represented the amount of progress they have made throughout the years. They also made dummies of themselves and positioned them in a way that is really heartbreaking. One of the dummies were in the corner, positioned in the fetal position. The other was entangled in the string as it held its face in its lap. Having the photos in black and white also gave off a negative feeling. There was a loose end on the ground, most likely signifying the beginning of the pieces falling apart. 

For me, rejection hits me hard, especially when it pertains to the ideas I’ve thought up. I become more understanding when I am given reasons as to why my ideas may not work or why it was rejected in the first place. However, it does not lessen the hurt I feel. I applaud the efforts in which these two artists put out to the public, not everyone can stand up after being shot down. It still confuses me as to why simple lines and splatters of paint are sold for lots of money or are displayed in museums, but thier forms of art aren’t acknowledged. 


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