WK 9 – Artist Conversation – Dalia Bañuelos and Daniel Bonilla Vera



Artist: Dalia Bañuelos and Daniel-Bonilla Vera

Exhibition: Infraction

Media: Installation/Graphics

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery 

Website: dbvphotography.com

Instagram: @daliaeffect & @dbvqp

This week, I had the pleasure to observe not one, but two artists’ work. The work of art was done by Daniel-Bonilla Vera, and Dalia Bañuelos, however I only got the chance to speak to Daniel.He is from Central Valley and moved here to attend college.  He is a senior at California State University of Long Beach. He is an Undergraduate Studio Art Major, wanting to pursue a career in photography. Both individuals were rejected from the BFA program, and I feel like this pushed them to show their exhibition. Daniel found out later on Wednesday if he made it, unfortunately Dalia was rejected both times. 

They took the rejection really hard, which is the reason why they decided to show their exhibition. Both individuals are really proud of their work so they wanted to display it. The art was a mixture of installation and graphics. What really caught my attention, was that all the images were joined by one single strand of yarn, and if it was cut at any location, the whole exhibition would fall. I was shocked at how realistic the bodies on the floor appeared.The trash can depicted a deeper meaning than what appeared. A trash can was in the corner, and all the images connected, lead to the trashcan which is where “they belonged”.

I feel like I have been in both Dalia and Daniel’s position of rejection. I’ve been rejected at several jobs because of my previous appearance before I lost weight. A lot of what people believe is “beautiful” or “normal” is because of what society believes it is defined as. I believe both individuals had gorgeous pieces of work in the exhibition, and I feel like they should have been in the BFA program with such pieces.


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