Artist: Daniel Bonilla-Vera and Dalia Banuelos
Media: Photos, Paintings, String,
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
For this week’s artist conversation I talked to the artist Daniel Bonilla-Vera who was one of the two artists who put on the exhibition Infraction. Daniel is currently an undergraduate student at Cal State Long Beach. Bonilla-Vera transferred to CSULB from the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California. He is looking to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art.
The exhibition Infraction contains a series of string running of all walls in the room, the string intersects in many places in the middle of the room. Attached to those strings are many paintings and photographs. In the center of the room there is a dummy on its knees with its face in its palms. The dummy portrays a person in despair and great pain.
The inspiration behind the exhibition comes from the artists, Daniel Bonilla-Vera and Dalia Banuelos, both being rejected from the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at CSULB. The rejection from the program has greatly affected both of their lives, so this exhibition allowed them to show their thoughts and feelings from the traumatic situations they have both individually gone through.
When I first walked in the exhibition I got a sense of the emotional state that the artists were in when the got rejected from the BFA program and made Infraction. I too have had disappointments in my life so it was easy to see how hurt the artists were. The dummy’s body language and demeanor conveyed feelings of hurt and hopelessness. The body position the dummy was in drew my attention to it, giving me a sense of what the exhibition was truly about. It’s awesome to see that these artists have not given up, but instead have shared their feelings through their art. Many people would have given up after being rejected yet Bonilla-Vera and Banuelos have found inspiration in their disappointments and focused their emotions toward Infraction.