Artist: Dalia Bañuelos and Daniel-Bonilla Vera
Media: Installation, graphics
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxime Merlino Galler
Instagram: @daliaeffect, @dbvqp
For this week’s Artist Conversation, I was given the pleasure to look at two artists’ work. Even though the work was done by two artists, I was able to speak to one of them and his name was Daniel-Bonilla Vera. Daniel-Bonilla Vera is a senior student at California State University Long Beach. He is in the studio art department but is pursuing a career in photography. His and Dalia’s work were very impressive; moreover, the story their work displayed was very interesting.
Daniel and Dalia both were rejected from the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program; hence, their reason to show their exhibition. Daniel still has one of the two chances/opportunities remaining; unfortunately, Dalia has been rejected both times. The rejection was taking really hard, which was the reason why they decided to make this exhibition. They are proud of their work so they decided to share it with people, alongside with their thoughts and feelings.
In their exhibition, something that was caught by the eye was the amount of yarn they used. When asked about the yarn, they said it was a way to piece all their pictures together. What was more interesting is that it was only one piece of yarn that connected approximately 20-30 pictures. Another interesting aspect of their display were the two very realistic and depressing bodies; one centered in the room, the other along a corner. Those two bodies represented Dalia (centered in the room) and the second body was Daniel’s (alongside the corner). A trash was also placed in the corner of the room next to the entrance. Daniel said that the trash was their for a significant reason. He said that they both took the rejections as if the BFA program was saying that their work belongs in the trash.
Although both artist were rejected from the program, I feel their work is amazing and very interesting. The way they set up the room and their creativity to set it up that way is very talented. Not only that, but their pictures look great! They really are two creative and unique artists that I feel that both should have gotten an opportunity to grow within the BFA program.