Artist: Daniel Bonilla-Vera
Media: Sculpture, Photography, String
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Daniel Bonilla-Vera is an undergraduate at California State University Long Beach. He wants to work towards his Bachelors of Fine Arts in the School of Art’s Studio Art program. Unfortunately, when he applied to the program, he was denied of admission. After finding out that he wasn’t accepted, Bonilla-Vera felt very upset and furious as he is in his senior year at CSULB.
Bonilla-Vera’s gallery is very chaotic. There were a lot of mess everywhere and strings that lead to every corner of the wall. He had sculptures with clothes on. This gallery shows a lot of sadness and anger.
Bonilla-Vera created this gallery as a way to show how he feels about being rejected in the Studio Art program at Cal State Long Beach. It was his way of rebellion. It was a mess everywhere instead of the usual clean and organized gallery. It was very well put together as the art pieces in the gallery were also rejected work. This whole gallery was full of rejection which shows the reality that some people experience.
Walking into this gallery, you can feel the dark theme behind it. Instead of rebellion and furiousness, it felt more like sadness and heartbroken. While observing his work, you can feel the rage and disappointment that he felt when he found out that he wasn’t accepted. I chose this gallery because I feel that at some point, a lot of people know how it feels to be rejected to something you really want. It is very relatable.