Artists: Dalia Banuelos & Daniel Bonilla-Vera
Media: Photography, Apparel, Yarn
Gallery: Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Dalia and Daniel are both photography students at CSULB. They decided to create this exhibit because they have both been rejected by the photography BFA program. After her second rejection, Dalia decided that she would respond in the most necessary way. She talked to many studio art undergrad students and asked if they would want to partner up with her on this exhibition. Daniel was the one who took this opportunity to create something amazing. Daniel is a senior at CSULB. He says that he has always had a love for photography ever since he took a class in high school and now has a knack for art all in itself.
The construction of this gallery is very unusual but carries a deep message. There is a single string that encompasses the entire gallery holding up numerous neutral toned photographs and creating a “web” of photos. Beneath the photos lies two depressing figures dressed in hoodies. One is kneeling down face to the ground and the other is lying in fetal position in the corner. There are also photographs placed upon the walls and framed by yarn.
I believe this exhibition is about the rejection of the work these two artists had put into the BFA program. There is so much dark and depressing material here that it is only right to suggest that this gallery was made as an act of rebellion towards the program and represents how they put so much effort into doing something right but still didn’t accomplish their goal so the only option left is to do the complete opposite. Usually pictures are supposed to framed and hung up neatly where in this case they are scattered on yarn with clips. Even the trash can filled with photographs represents how they feel like all the work they put time into is not good enough. Actually, the whole exhibit is a composition of rejected work.
Synthesis / My Experience
The exhibition has so much potential to relate to. Everyone has experienced failure and rejection in their life and when I saw this it made me think of all the work I created that didn’t meet my own expectations or the expectations of others. It really lights a match somewhere deep in the heart and for me it pushes me to do something better, to create something better and this is why I believe failure is so important in the process of success. Just like Dalia and Daniel I would have done something similar if I was rejected from the program I was trying to get into because of my work. I feel like they really pushed their boundaries and it makes me hope that they get into the program just based off of this amazing exhibition