Artist: Daniel Bonilla Vera and Dalia Banuelos
Media: photography, fabric, yarn
Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Unfortunately, we only got to interview Daniel Bonilla because Dalia Banuelos was not present. Daniel Bonilla is an undergraduate student at CSULB majoring in photography. He transferred from the College of the Sequoias in San Joaquin Valley. Daniel works in a full-time job while attending CSULB. He wants to attend the BFA Photography program in order to continue doing photography so he has recently submitted an application for his second attempt to get in since he has gotten rejected his first time that he applied.
The gallery was dark while the entrance was covered with black curtains in order to maintain it dark enough to attract the student’s attention. It contained many photographs that were all taken by Daniel and Dalia. The photographs were all around the wall and straight ahead was a big masterpiece that caught everyone’s attention. There were many photographs attached to each other with yarn and a “person” kneeled down in front of it while another “person” was laying down in the corner of the gallery.
The gallery was made by Daniel and Dalia in order to show how much anger and sadness they felt when they were rejected into the BFA Photography program. Their art is an act of rebellion in order to show that they are talented and do belong in the program. The two people who were displayed in the gallery was included to signify Daniel and Dalia hunched over as a sign of sadness and feeling rejected. The yarn that connects the photographs is very thin and fragile which signifies how they are now after the rejection as if the yarn was cut, everything would fall apart.
As I walked in the gallery, it caught my attention because the piece that they have created catches people’s attention including myself. It made me curious about what the gallery is about and I knew I had to know more about it. I really liked this gallery because it is different and the meaning behind it is different that many art galleries that we have seen in CSULB. I admire Dalia and Daniel for believing in themselves and knowing that they are talented and should be admitted into the program. The gallery demonstrates how much getting into the program means to them and how passionate they are about their art and that’s all that matters.