Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Dalia Banuelos and Daniel Bonilla-Vera

Artist: Dalia Banuelos and Daniel Bonilla-Vera

Exhibition: Infraction

Media: Paintings, Strings, Pictures, Dummy

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery

Website: Dbvphotography.com (Daniel website)

Instagram: Deliaeffect

In this weeks artist conversation I had the chance to talk to two artists that set up the Infraction exhibition. Dalia is an undergraduate student that got rejected from the BFA photography program and had the opportunity to set up this exhibition with Daniel. Daniel is also an undergraduate student that did not get into his BFA program after his first attempt in applying. Daniel is a transfer student from the College of the Sequoias. They were both allowed to participate as a non-degree exhibition.

The art exhibition of Infraction was a combination of paintings along the walls with lots of colors and black and white paintings. Each painting had strings attached running along the wall that connected all the paintings. In the farthest corner, the strings came off the wall and crossed across the room in zig zag patterns going back and forth from one wall to the next. The strings had pictures hanging off of them in the middle of the space where there is no wall that attached to a dummy that was kneeled down on the floor.

The exhibition is about people not being able to get into the art program of their choice and wanting to give a voice to those people. The two artists wanted a chance to voice their frustration of rejection so that every person that viewed their exhibition would be able to understand them. The artists wanted the exhibition to be seen as a receptacle of broken dreams and devoid of hope while being creative and showcasing their art work.

I liked their art exhibition because it is different from other exhibitions I have seen. This exhibition definitely gave me the impression of a person being tortured by their thoughts floating around in the air while the person is kneeled. I really liked the way the art flowed from one wall to the next, from being colorful to dark, to black and white, as if it is a wall of emotions and frustrations all revolving together.

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