Artist: Daniel Bonilla-Vera, Dalia Bañuelos
Media: Photography, Yarn
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Daniel Bonilla-Vera is originally from the Central Valley. He is an undergraduate student at CSULB majoring in Studio Art. He is currently in the process of applying to the School of Art’s Photography Program at CSULB. This is his second and only chance to be able to get into the photography program. When he was rejected from the program the first time he was very frustrated. This specific exhibition expresses the frustration he and his colleague, Dalia experienced when they were both rejected from the photography program.
The exhibition, Infraction is in a very dark room with many photographs. Some of the photographs are hanging on the wall and each photograph is connected by a black yarn. Another portion of the photographs are hanging from the black yarn that is attached from one wall to the other, forming zig-zags. Under these photographs there are two human-like figures on the floor that represent Daniel and his colleague, Dalia. One of them is lying on the corner in a fetal position and the other is on their knees grabbing the black yarn. The rest of the black yarn that is connecting all of the photographs together ends at a corner where there is a trashcan that contains more photographs.
Infraction represents Daniel and Dalia’s frustration towards CSULB for rejecting them from getting into the photography program. The photographs from this exhibition is the work of Daniel and Dalia that was rejected. Black yarn was used to connect the photographs because that’s Dalia’s favorite color and also black adds onto the atmosphere of frustration and negativity. The black yarn that is connected with all the pictures ends in a trashcan that is filled up with more photographs. Filling up the trashcan with photographs was Daniel and Dalia’s interpretation of their rejection to the photography program.
When I first walked into the gallery, I was very confused because there were various types of photographs that made me feel there could be many interpretation. Some of the photographs were self portraits, others were of beautiful colorful flowers, and other photographs were plain and dark. Once I spoke to Daniel I finally understood why there was such a variety of photographs. Some of the photographs were his and some were Dalia’s but together everything in there was work that was rejected. I think it is very interesting how they decided to express there frustration by using their own work that was rejected. I personally thought that there photographs were awesome and very unique.