Artist: Dalia Banuelos and Daniel Bonilla-Vera
Gallery: Dr Maxine Mertino Gallery
About The Artist
At the SOA Galleries I was able to meet Daniel Bonilla-Vera, but unfortunately Dalia Banuelos wasn’t present. So Daniel Bonilla-Vera was able to present us their work. He is an undergraduate senior at CSULB. He is originally from the Central Valley and Dalia is from the San Fernando Valley, which they eventually both went to live at Long Beach. This artwork is mainly Dalia’s and Daniel is who cooperated to work with her. Daniel gave us a bit more background about them regarding being rejected from BFA. Daniel has another opportunity to apply for the BFA. He was fascinated with photography ever since he was in high school taking a photography course.
Dalia and Daniel’s artwork was very appealing to me with all the strings crossing each other at the back half of the room. The pieces put out in the room was very creative because one side of the wall is Daniel’s artwork, the other wall would be Dalia’s. In the very end of the back half of the gallery was a combination of artwork of both artist. Another creative part in the room was the two body like figures set in the room positioned as if it was to resemble sadness and frustration. The way the room was set all together gave a significant meaning towards the art pieces displayed around the gallery.
The black strings around the exhibition was actually one piece of black string attached to everything in the room. The one black string first starts from a metal trash bin to all around the gallery back to the same place it started. This gave the room a big significant meaning towards the artwork because the string touches every piece in the room that the BFA rejected which ends up back to the bin as Daniel explained. Also the figure like humans being positioned down to the ground relates to the artists at the time, the one in the middle would resemble to be Dalia and in the corner laying down into a ball would be Daniel. We asked why were they positioned like that as he explains Dalia is the one positioned in the middle because she’s the main artist of the exhibition.
I was very intrigued by Dalia and Daniel’s artwork in the gallery. Their work was not only interesting but very meaningful about their pieces rejected from the BFA. The way the pieces were set up in the gallery captures the mood and the meaning of the room. The frustration and sadness was expressed to the audiences by the way the human like figures were positioned. The exhibition pieces inside were rejected from the BFA which gave it a better meaning and with stand how is has become now an outstanding form of art.