Week 9- Artist Conversation: Dan Bonillos-Vera

Dan Bonilla-Vera and Dalia Banuelos

Exhibition: Infraction

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Media: photography, sculpture

Website: dbvphotography.com

Instagram: dbvqp

This week I met Dan Bonilla-Vera. He is an undergraduate student in the Studio Art Program at Cal State Long Beach and transfer student.  He has a great passion for photography and hopes to be accepted into the BFA photography program this coming round.

Infraction’s installation is an interconnected, web of pictures. The room is darkly lit and once you walk into the gallery, there is a web of black string hung in the back full of various pictures. On the floor appears two-hooded sculptured individuals. Their faces are not evident and are facing the floor. On the walls, some of the frames have photographs falling off. At one end there is a trashcan full of photographs.

This installation was in contribution with Dalia Banuelos. Together they created an atmosphere of rejection, pain, sadness and anger.  Both artists were rejected admittance into the BFA photography program at CSULB. However, they used their rejection for productivity. The two hooded individuals sculptured in the installation are representations of the artists. They are hiding and protecting themselves from the pain and frustration. The installation helped the individuals come full circle with their reality and emotions. Although, they were not admitted into the program last round it does not mean they are giving up.

When I walked into this installation I could not stop staring at the hooded sculptures on the floor, since it is Halloween time I thought they could pop up anytime. They were so life-like to me and after talking to Dan I understood why I felt they were so real. The two sculptures were representations of the two artists, Dalia and Dan. My favorite part of the exhibit was the back section where the two sculpture were and the web of picture lied on top of them as you could feel they felt tormented and were trying to protect themselves from their surroundings. The major theme of Infraction, rejection was evident and very familiar especially as a college student trying to grow up.

 

 

 

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