Artist: Dalia Banuelos and Daniel Bonilla-Vera
Media: Photography, Yarn, pins, Clothes
Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Website: dbvphotography.com (Daniel)
Instagram: deliaeffect (Delia), dvbphotography (Daniel)
About the Artist: The artists from today’s show are both seniors with a studio art major and have known each other for 2 years. Dalia is also does martial arts and other arts. Daniel also does other kinds of arts such as carving. They both transferred from community colleges to CSULB. Both Dalia and Daniel applied to the BFA program at school twice and were rejected. Since you are only allowed to apply twice they found a healthy outlet to express their anger through this show.
Formal Analysis: I really liked the use of the yarn to outline the photographs on the wall and then when it made it to the back of the room it went back and forth crossing every which way. There where clothes on the ground stuffed with something so that they would be people. Their body language made them appear sad and frustrated. There was a black curtain on the front door blocking light from entering the gallery. The lighting along with all of the dark colors made it noticeable that the artist was sad.
Content Analysis: They are both frustrated about not getting in to the BFA program twice at the school so they decided to do something about it by putting together a show. Since you are only allowed to apply twice to the program I could tell that they were both disappointed. Dalia clearly expressed her frustration by explain that she is from the San Fernando Valley and moved to Long Beach to go to school. She went on further saying how much of a hassle it would be to try to apply to other schools in order to get a BFA. Daniel actually had two pieces of work in the group show that was happening in the other gallery which he laughed about a bit. In their gallery all of Daniel’s work was from his application that had been rejected and Dalia’s pieces were all pieces that her professors did not like and expressed that clearly.
Synthesis/ My experience: I could feel the frustration while being in the gallery and after speaking the artist it was extremely obvious. I felt really bad for both of them because being rejected after giving something your all sucks. I understand what that feels like I recently got rejected from a conference which was really disappointing. I wanted to present the research I had done this summer at my internship I was supper excited about getting the opportunity to have an internship at the Smithsonian and having the chance to put their logo on my poster. So getting that rejection letter was disappointing. I possibly could present at a different conference, but I already have other projects I would like to present to get feedback. I hope that they are able to keep moving forward and continue their work in art or something else if they find that it is no longer the right fit.