Artist: Daniel Bonilla-Vera and Dalia Banuelos
Media: Photos, Painting, String
Gallery: CSULB School of Art – Merlino Gallery
Instagram: (Daniels): @dbvqp and (Delia’s): @deliaeffect
About the Artist
Infraction was a joint creation of artists Daniel Bonilla-Vera and Dalia Banuelos. It was born as an expression of the frustrations they both had not being able to get into the photography program at CSULB. For the purposes of this artist conversation I will focus on Daniel Bonilla-Vera. Daniel is and undergraduate student at CSULB working to obtain his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Art. He transferred here from the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California.
The exhibit was set in a dark room with lights focused on the art. The entire exhibit was connected with yarn that connected each picture to one another. Starting from the front there is a series of pictures that eventually leads to the back were there is a giant web like structure made of yarn that connects more pictures on the walls and also has pictures attached to the yarn of the web. On the other wall of the exhibit is more pictures and paintings connected with yarn. At the very end of the yarn trail is a trashcan full of pictures. The very interesting thing about the back of the exhibit though is the two human like mannequins dressed in clothing. One was curled up in a ball in a corner and the other was on their knees and looked as if they were crying.
As I said before, Infraction is an expression of the frustration that Daniel and Dalia experienced when they were rejected from the photography program. All of the numerous pieces within this exhibit were ones they created and submitted and got rejected with. The black yarn that connects all of the pictures shows the progress, confusion, and frustration going from a linear trip to more of a tangled web. Once it gets back to a linear pattern it unfortunately leads to the trashcan. This is entire story that the yarn creates really makes you feel for Daniel and Dalia because we have all been frustrated with something we wanted but couldn’t have in some capacity.
When I walked into the gallery I was not sure what to expect, but fortunately I found a well told story, experience, and emotion. Having the exhibit be in such a dark room I felt the depth and weight of the situation they had experienced. This darkness along with the many many photos, showed me how frustrated they must of felt on their journey to try and get into the photography program. Many times try a little, fail, and give up when they try to reach a goal. With Daniel and Dalia, you can physically see the numerous photos and paintings they went through just to come up short. Even though they did not get into the photography program I applaud them for giving it such an effort and actually trying their hardest to reach their goal. Another take away is that even though they got rejected, they were able to use that rejection to create such an awesome and interesting exhibit.