Wk9-Artist Conversation-Dan Bonilla-Vera

Exhibit Information:

Artist: Dan Bonilla-Vera and Dalia Banuelos

Exhibition: Infraction

Media: Photography, yarn,

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Maxine Merlino Gallery

Website: dbvphotography.com

Instagram: @dbvqp


This week I decided to visit Dan Bonilla’s exhibit. Dan is a senior here at Cal State Long Beach pursing a major in Studio Art. Back in high school, he was a bit conflicted on whether to major in music(he plays the violin) or photography. Once he took a photography class back in high school, he knew photography was his passion. Even though his major is studio art, he wants to be able to get in the Photography program. He has applied once so far and  sadly, has been declined. His feelings towards this incident has pursuaded him to do this project with Dalia Banuelos.

When I first walked in, I was interested to see all the different elements used. There were photographs planted all over walls(some even placed in a trash can in the corner). Another thing that caught my attention was the yarn used to hold some of the pictures. one final and probably the most significant thing that was placed in the exhibit was the two human-like figures on the floor. They both represent Dan Bonilla-Vera and Dalia Banuelos.

The theme of the gallery was based on the frustration Dan and Dalia had on not getting accepted into the Photography Program here at Cal State Long Beach. Putting pictures in a trash can showed how the artists interpreted their rejections; pieces of garbage that belonged in the trash can.When it came to decorating, they put up yarn to show a different way in presenting photography. They used one string of yarn to hold all the pieces together. So with one cut, all the photographs would fall to the floor. The dark colors chosen were to show the frustration and negativity they both had and wanted to show to the viewers.

Just by glancing at the exhibit, I was able to feel the frustration the two artists had towards the university. Rejection is something everyone goes through and it is sometimes not easy to handle. Whether it is rejection from a school, a job offer, or even a girl, everyone copes differently. Some people turn that frustration into art projects while others turn it into smashed pieces on the ground. Dan and Dalia’s frustration was presented in a beautiful way that I wish the school would see.



Currently majoring in Food Science at Cal State University, Long Beach. I love to cook many different dishes, hike, and watch movies on Netflix. Lived in LA my whole life, but I was born in Nigeria. Hope you enjoy my site! :)

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