Artist: Dalia Banuelos and Daniel Bonilla-Vera
Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Instagram: @dbvqp & @deliaeffect
Website: dbvphotography.com (Daniel Bonilla-Vera)
Daniel Bonilla-Vera is an undergraduate senior at California State University Long Beach who is awaiting approval from the BFA in Photography Program and has been rejected before. Daniel likes to eat. Dalia is in the studio art program because she wanted to be in the BFA program but got rejected twice. Dalia has done exhibits before but her first time doing one were she does a collaboration.
This art exhibit consist of black string and photographs. Daniel photographs rough things and Dalia photographs things with many lines connected like branches. Daniel’s art work has color while Dalia’s art work is black and white.
The photographs that were on display in the exhibit are past works that were rejected by professor and are also works that were submitted to enter the BFA but were not accepted. In the exhibit Daniel’s art work was on the left side and on the right side was Dalia’s art work. In the middle of the exhibit was a collaboration of Dalia and Daniels art work. The collaboration work is set as my feature image and the people that are on the floor is a representation of Dalia and Daniel when they were rejected from the BFA program. The black string was used to represent a memorial and also to control the light.
This exhibit was unique because I never seen a collaboration exhibit and I have not interviewed two artist. Daniel and Dalia wanted the audience to feel frustrated at the end of the exhibit and wanted them to feel their pain. When I went into the exhibit I did not understand what was going on but after interviewing the artist I felt sad because they were rejected and did not get i to the program they wanted. But than I got frustrated because the feeling of rejection is not a good feeling.I hope Daniel and Dalia get accepted to future programs, and other things they submit there art work.