Wk 9: Artisit Converstation – Dalia Banuelos & Daniel Bonilla Villa

Artist: Dalia Banuelos & Daniel Bonilla Villa
Exhibition: Infraction
Media: Rejected work, Photography
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Website: Daniel – dbvphotography.com
Instagram: Dalia – deliaeffect
Daniel – dbvqp


About the Artist:

Dalia and Daniel are both seniors who are currently majoring in studio art. They both transferred from different schools such as Los Angeles Valley College and College of the Sequoias. Besides being photographers, Dalia and Daniel created other types of art. However, when it came to photography they preferred different things. Dalia enjoyed photographing people, landscapes and buildings. Daniel on the other hand, stated that it simply depended on his mood. In addition, he stated that he feel in love with photography ever since he took a class in high school.

They aren’t currently in any art programs being that they were rejected from them. The inspiration of their exhibition came from being rejected from the photography program. Dalia was rejected twice, therefore she wasn’t able to be apply to the program anymore. As for Daniel, he was rejected once and has recently reapplied to the photography program. He found out on Friday whether he’d be majoring with a B.F.A. in photography or stay in his current major, studio art.

Formal Analysis:


Infraction consisted of more then 40 photographs, two human figures and a whole lot of string. The photographs were all rejected work from when they applied to the photography program. The human figures represented Dalia and Daniel after they were rejected from the photography program. The figure with the purple sweater was Daniel and the one with the striped sweater represented Dalia. As for the string, it was an alternate method to display their photos. They used only one string to signify that if it were cut it would all fall apart.

Content Analysis:



The idea of creating the exhibition came form Dalia. She asked other individuals who had also been rejected from the photography program if they were interested in collaborating in an exhibition. The majority of her colleagues didn’t want to simply because they were ashamed of being rejected. However, we she asked Daniel, he was all for it. Therefore, they created the masterpiece Infracture.

My Experience:


Infraction has been one of the most inspirational exhibition I have seen this semester because it shows how sometimes things don’t go your way. Rejection happens in life, but that doesn’t mean that you should stop doing something that you love or enjoy doing. Dalia and Daniel might have been rejected from the photography program, but that doesn’t stop them from photographing. And that didn’t stop then from showcasing an exhibition. Furthermore, I personally enjoyed the way the exhibition was displayed. Some might have thought it was to much or too messy. However, I thought it was extremely creative and unique.

Other photos from the exhibition:


Daniel’s work from the Turf exhibition that took place in the CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery.


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