Wk #9: Artist Conversation – Dalia Banuelos and Dan Bonilla-Vera

Artist: Dalia Banuelos and Dan Bonilla-Vera

Exhibition: Infraction

Media: Photography, Mixed Media

Gallery: CSULB, School of Art, Maxine Merlino Gallery

Web: Dan’s Website: dbvphotography.com


Dalia’s instagram: @Deliaeffect

 Dan’s instagram: @dbvqp


About the Artists:

Dalia Banuelos is an undergraduate student working towards her BFA in Studio Art. Banuelos is from San Fernando Valley. If she’s not doing studio art, she is most likely practicing her martial arts. This is her first piece like this; in previous shows she did graphic design, drawing, and gallery illustration. She likes the metal program and the color black.

Dan Bonilla-Vera is also an undergraduate student working towards his BFA in Studio Art. Bonilla-Vera is from Central Valley. He has done group shows in the past, but it was for the Photo club group show. He likes to eat. He started photography after taking a class in high school and fell in love with it.

Formal Analysis:

The photos on the left are from Banuelos. There are pictures of trees and nature-related. She enjoys taking pictures of people as well, but it’s very awkward when people see she is taking pictures of them. She says it is a lot easier working with nature compared to people.Bonilla-Vera’s photos are on the opposite wall of Banuelos’ photos. They are images of splatter. The images are in black and white, with black yarn framing each picture.

The images are all used from previous courses that have gotten rejected. Both sides of the walls are connected with black yarn. It symbolizes the “vagility of things” meaning if one were to cut any part of the string, then the everything else will fall apart. It was described as an “experimental dark room.”

Content Analysis:

The exhibition is titled Infraction, which means a violation of a set of rules. The whole exhibition is “infraction” because they were omitted from the BFA. The black yarn is their way of challenging the BFA program. The policy says that photography needs to be framed in a nice and neat border. Basically they are not obeying the policy or guideline and this is their way of going against all of that. It adds to the vagility, or the ability to move freely and migrate, since neither of them got accepted into the BFA. This whole exhibition is their response to that.

My experience:

At first, I thought it was a real person wearing a black and white jacket laying down, so I was a little scared. Overall I liked this exhibition, especially the usage of string throughout the exhibition. Rather than looking at everything separately, it it ties everything together smoothly. This piece really spoke to me because I can recall feeling miserable when so many things weren’t going my way. I didn’t know how to cope, which is basically what the two people on the floor are doing in the exhibition. They look hopeless. Luckily, Dalia and Dan were able to take all that negativity and transfer all their energy into a beautiful exhibition.


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