Artist: Dalia Banuelos and Daniel Bonilla-Vera
Media: fiber, photography, sculpture
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Website: N/A and dbvphotogrphy.com
Instagram: @deliaeffect and @dbvqp
About the Artist
On October 19, 2016 I interviewed two artists that created one piece of work together. Dalia Banuelos and Daniel Bonilla-Vera are both seniors that attend CSULB. They both are trying to get into the photography program; however, Banuelos got rejected twice from the department. As for Bonilla-Vera, he has more one chance to get into the photography program because he got rejected for his first try. In addition, they are both majoring on Studio Art. Once Banuelos graduates she wants to work and as for Bonilla-Vera he wants to attend grad school.
They used string (fiber) across the room to connect all the pieces of photographs together that they took from the past. In addition, they decided to use their own pieces of clothes to put on the figures that are supposed to resemble them. The one in the strips is Banuelos and the one with the purple sweater is Bonilla-Vera. All the photos look smooth and beautiful. The string does all the talking by having a rigged feature. The string then leads to the golden trash can.
The idea for this gallery was with them for quite a while because they both contained frustration. First, she had the frustration being rejected twice from the program. Then, her partner got rejected for the first time which was also frustrating. Then they both decided to turn their frustration into art. They completed this task with two days. The first day they completed setting up the gallery. Then on the second day they did a couple of tweaks. On the left side of the room was his work and on the right was her work. Her work contained many black and white pictures because she finds them to be beautiful even though it can be difficult and expensive to produce. Even the both of them put time and effort into these photos they still got rejected from their work. That is why the string is connected to the golden trash can because they are tired of their art being called trash and unworthy enough to let them in the photography program.
When I walked into the Gallery, I was amazed how they used the room with all the string and the photographs hanged all over the place. Before I read the paper, I already had felt a negative vibe form the characters that are supposed to be them, because they looked dressed one is crouching in the middle of the work and the other is crouching in a corner. I related to their work because frustration can happen to anyone—not only to artist but to mothers, scholars, and teachers. I felt where they were coming from. Frustration is unpleasant and hopefully they and everyone else can remove themselves from that mental state.