Artist: Dalia Banuelos and Daniel Bonilla Vera
Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Instagram: @dbvqp & @deliaeffect
About the Artist:
Dalia is an undergraduate student at Cal State Long Beach. She is a studio art major that unfortunately got put into the major because she got rejected from the BFA in Photography twice. Dalia chose to purse art because of her family. Her biggest influence was her father who does drawing. As much as she loves art now, she did not imagine she was going to take this path in college because she believed she “sucked”. She transferred from a Los Angeles Community College where she did graphic design and sculpture. Her goal is to basically experience a series of different arts even though she has a unique love for photography. For fun she enjoys making jewelry, likes drawing and martial arts. Her artist friend a collaborator for the exhibition Daniel is also an undergraduate student who is awaiting approval from the BFA in Photography Program. He is a transfer student from the College of the Sequoias. Daniel also has huge interest in different kinds of art. Throughout high school he thought he was going to tale on the path of music. But after taking a Photography class in high school he knew he found his one true love. Daniel likes to eat; he loves food but says that he usually eats anything cheap. While he enjoys his time off doesn’t really have time for any other hobbies. Not only is he a full time student he also works full time.
When walking into Infraction the exhibition is dark, there is minimal lighting. There are photos in every wall of the room. Some are hanging by a thread; some are in the corner put in a trashcan. It almost seems that there really isn’t any order in that room. Photographs aren’t put in a frame, as you would normally see in a photography exhibition. Some seem to be falling out of place. You kind of think to your self “Oh no their photos are falling”. The photographs vary in size.
Infraction is about an unfortunate event that happened to not one but two aspiring college students trying to meet the expectations of Photography admissions Program. Infraction is not only about an event but the actual emotion of rejection that these two students felt, their human reaction to rejection. At the same time, Infraction is a rebellion towards that rejection of admission into the photography program. It’s a rebellion because they used alternative hanging practices to essentially say “F**K It” why should we adhere to your practices. While they wanted to say so much and wanted to be angry their alternative hanging practices, which was hanging the images by a yarn. The single large piece of yarn is a representation of how fragile their emotions really were. Basically, how if they cut that yarn it would all fall apart. The position of the body figures in the exhibition where meant to convey the emotion of frustration. The figures are an actual depiction of Dalia and Daniel. In fact they used their actual clothes. The splatter marks found on the images on the right side of gallery were also a reflection of the anger they felt.
When I walked into the exhibition I felt chills run down my back. It was very dark. I couldn’t find any connection. I literally walked in and out of a couple of times to get myself to look at the displays. After talking to the artist I completely understood why they depicted their exhibition the way they did. The feeling of rejection is not an easy one. Its also something not everyone is willing to talk about. When it comes to rejection we kind of just keep it to ourselves and try to move forward. I felt I could relate the feelings of frustration and anger towards rejection to the time where I didn’t get an internship with Molina Healthcare. I remember feeling as if I wasn’t good enough and I had to be doing something wrong. The disorder that I felt within myself was the same as the disorder of the exhibition. But at the same time I feel that the exhibition didn’t depict how things do get better after rejection. To me it kind of just seemed how that’s the end and it won’t get better. There is no light at the end of the tunnel. When ideally there should be.