Artist: Dalia Bañuelos, Daniel Bonilla-Vera
Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Media: Photography, sculpture, fabric
Instagram: @daliaeffects, @dvbqp
About the Artists:
On Wednesday I had the opportunity to interview, Dalia Bañuelos and Daniel Bonilla-Vera are both undergraduate students at California State University, Long Beach. Dalia Bañuelos is currently studying Studio Art she transferred from the Los Angeles Valley College. Daniel Bonilla-Vera is studying Photography he transferred from the College of the Sequoias in San Joaquin Valley. It is the fourth year here at cal state long beach for both artist, they should be graduating in spring. Some of the hobbies of the artist include, martial, carving and sculpting. Dalia and Daniel met each other two years ago and and both quickly found out that they were both rejected from the BFA program in Photography. Daniel is looking to hopefully apply to the program soon and god willing get accepted. Dalia, has come to terms with not being accepted because she cannot apply again, as she has already applied the limited number of times you are allowed to.
Something i thought to be very very interesting was they way both artist used a certain technique in the their gallery that made it stand out more than the others, was the use of yarn throughout the whole gallery. The artists made the yarn hold up all of the pieces being displayed on the walls to show something, perhaps an interpretation, or perhaps a puzzle. The Artist wanted to use this alternative method to interpret photography. For example, since the only thing holding up the art works were the yarn; if someone or something were to cut it then all the pieces would fall apart. this piece was very interesting because if you were to just rip off the yarn in one part the whole piece would fall into pieces, so everything is interrelated and connected.
I believe the desire, motivation, and inspiration behind this exhibition comes from the artists, Dalia BanuelosDaniel and Bonilla-Vera , being rejected from the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at CSULB, this is somthing they were both very passionate about, and they were both clearly emotionally drawn from their rejection. The rejection has clearly affected both of their lives. This exhibition allowed them to show their feelings of what they thought of the situation.
It was truly another great experience at the art gallery, it was an awesome experience to speak with both Dalia and Bonilla both are very interesting and talented individuals, I truly felt there was something different about them. I can without a doubt say I saw the most meaning and passion in there work then I have in any other art ive seen at the CSULB Gallery.