Artist: Dalia Banuelos, Daniel Bonilla-Vera
Media: Photography, Fiber, Sculpture
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Maxine Merlino Gallery
Website: Daniels website is Click Here, Dalia does not have one
Instagram: @deliaeffect @dbbqp
About the Artist
Dalia and Daniel are both undergraduate students at California State University of Long Beach who got rejected from their Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Delia was studying towards Studio Art while Daniel is working in photography. They both became interested in art at a younger age, mainly around high school. Their main goal is to make the people viewing their exhibit to feel how they did when they got rejected.
Using two human figures, a long piece of yarn/string and photographs, Daniel and Dalia created Infraction. Photographs were falling off of the walls and dangling by the edge as well as string crossing the room making a tangled mess. Everything in this gallery has a very true meaning behind it.
Daniel and Dalia do not like to create conversation over getting rejected by their BFA program but it is an important fact to face. Not everything in our lives goes as planned. Dalia came up with the idea for this show when she got rejected and she was hoping that she could gather more artists who felt the same pain that she was going through but many were not ready to face the rejection like she was. They chose to name this exhibit Infraction, doing things against the rules of society, because it serves as a response for the unfortunate event that happened to them. There was one string throughout the gallery that held everything up and if that string were to get cut everything would become destroyed. The use of the one string was on purpose to show just how fragile art can be.
Daniel and Dalia really showed me that rejection is not always a bad thing. Without the rejection that they faces, this amazing exhibition would not exist. Instead of giving up, they faced their problems and overcame it and created something beautiful. Hopefully the next time I fail at something i will choose to overcome it instead of giving up.