Week 9-Artist Conversation #6- Daniel Bonilla-Vera, Dalia Banuelos


Infraction by Daniel Bonilla-Vera and Dalia Banuelos

Exhibition Information:

Artists: Daniel Bonilla-Vera, Dalia Banuelos

Exhibition: Infraction

Media: installation

Gallery: CSULB, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Website: dbvphotography.com

Instagram: @deliaeffect@dbvqp

About the Artists:

Artists Daniel Bonilla-Vera and Dalia Banuelos are both undergraduate students in the California State University of Long Beach. Both artists are working towards their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Studio Art. They were inclined to work together to create “Infraction” because they both wished to gain acceptance into the School of Art’s photography program, however they were rejected from the program. They chose to react to this rejection by creating art to express their feelings.

On her spare time, Dalia practices martial arts. She also enjoys other art forms besides photography. She dabbles in a little bit of everything. She carries her camera along with her in case she is inspired by something she sees. Daniel jokes about spending his free time eating and also enjoys other art forms other than photography.

Formal Analysis:

Infraction is an elaborate installation. It is composed of several photographs taken by Daniel and Dalia. On the floor lie two figures that resemble bodies. One bent on hands and knees in the center of the floor and the other laid in the corner of the room. Over the bodies hangs a large arrangement of pictures hung by a single strand of black thread that connects like a web.

Content Analysis:

The black web of thread and pictures along with the bodies on the ground give the installation a dark and saddened feel. The dark and saddened effect is representative of the emotions associated with rejection and failure. The fact that the pictures in the installation are all rejected pieces also adds to the dark emotion created by the installation. The fact that it is all connected by a single line of thread also symbolized the fragility of life and dreams. It demonstrated how easily everything can fall apart if something meaningful goes wrong. If one connection is broken, the whole installation falls to the floor.

Syntheses/ My Experience:

While looking at the installation, I instantly got a feeling of uneasiness and sadness. The body-like figures on the floor gave me a feeling of anxiety. it also made me think of times where I have felt like I failed at something. I remembered the feeling of anxiety, defeat and fear that accompanied it. The installation gave a good idea of what it was like for the artists to be rejected from the photography program and reminded me of how frustrating it is to feel as if your life is dictated by something that you can’t control.


Week 8-Activity;Drawing 2- Sketching in the Garden

For this week’s activity, I tried out sketching some stuff from the Japanese garden. I was pretty reluctant about this activity because I an not very good at drawing AT ALL. The only instances where I can remember drawing something decent have been the times I where I spent entire hours erasing and redrawing every piece of a drawing over and over until it looks good.

I feel this activity relieved some of the pressure to create a perfect drawing because it was intended to be a rough sketch and a new experience that pushed us to think of lines in a different way. Instead of attempting to draw that perfect line, it was simply about drawing and just getting those lines on the paper. My favorite things to draw in the Japanese garden were the umbrellas since it was the only thing that looked recognizable in my sketches. LOL.

I like that I finally got to visit the school’s Japanese garden. I had never visited it before, although I have always wanted to. I found the garden itself to be very relaxing. Although my sketches are rough and amateur like, I really enjoyed this activity.

Week 7- Artist Conversation- Brianna Meli


Over_Realmed by Brianna Meli

Exhibition Information:

Artist: Brianna Meli

Exhibition: Over_Realmed

Media: Fiber structures, Video installation

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Webry Gallery

Website: BriannaMeli.com

Instagram: @melt_brianna

About the Artist

Brianna Meli is an undergraduate student at CSULB. She is a student in the School of Art’s Fiber Program pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. After earning her BFA, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Library Science in hopes of introducing and incorporating art into her future career.

Formal Analysis

Over_Realmed consists of four large elaborate fiber banners, each with different patterns. One of the banners reads “LOL…” and the other three spell out “IDK” in black with soft colored patterns in the background. Various colorful wires and cables are weaved into the fibers that compose the letters. Brianna M. also displays two videos. One represents her in the physical realm and the other in the virtual realm created by technology and social media.

Content Analysis

While chatting with Brianna M. about her artwork, I learned that Over_Realmed is a way of expressing her feelings towards technology and social media. She reveals that she feels torn between the physical world and  the world of technology. Her work represents the internal struggle of having to keep up with the growing world of technology and social media while still feeling a need for physical connection with others. Brianna M. recognizes the importance of both worlds, yet struggles to balance the two in her life. Although technology can interfere with the physical world, it can also offer a quick and convenient way to connect with others and share art among thousands of other things. She believes technology should be used more as a tool to communicate with others as opposed to one’s primary form of human interaction.

Synthesis/ My Experience

I was able to relate to this exhibition very easily. As someone who rarely ever uses social media to communicate with others, I find it difficult to deal the pressure to be active on social media sites. Most of my friends actively post and chat via social media and I often find myself feeling left out and disconnected from them in some aspects. Although I don’t dislike technology and social media, I find it difficult to keep up with it. This exhibit spoke out to me because of my own struggle with balancing the physical world with technology.




Week 6- Activity- Zine

For this week’s activity, I chose to make a zine! I decided to make a zine that I can look at when I am feeling stressed or anxious. As a full time student, I often find myself feeling stressed and overwhelmed. I designed this zine to be filled with a few quotes and words that I sometimes tell myself when i need to take a moment to breathe and relax. I found that the entire process of making this zine turned out to be relaxing for me, especially since I was making it for that very reason. I am happy with the way it turned out and I look forward to reading it when needed.

Week 6- Artist Conversation-Blaine Scot Prow

Triangle Square 12″x 12″ Bristol on Foamcore

Artist: Blaine Scot Prow

Exhibition: Triangle Square

Media:Bristol on Foamcore

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Website: N/A

Instagram: @tiffuts

About the Artist:

Blaine Scot Prow is a senior at CSULB. He is an undergraduate student working on his BFA in studio art. Some of his interests include mathematics and alternative/ indie rock music. In his free time, he plays the bass guitar and keyboard. After graduation, Blaine S.P. would like to work for a company specializing in graphic design.

Formal Analysis

Blaine’s piece “Triangle Square” is the first piece from his art exhibition titled “Extrusions”. “Triangle Square” is a three dimensional piece made of paper. It has a three dimensional paper pyramid that protrudes from the canvas. Because it is black and white, it has a very clean, sharp and precise look. Every line appears perfectly straight. No curves. No color. According to Blaine S.P. the exhibit took about 24 hours to work to complete.

Content Analysis

The piece is made to explore the relationship between two dimensional and three dimensional shapes. The face that it is in black and white and has no color allows the focus to be entirely directed to the shape. The idea of making a pyramid was inspired by Blaine’s favorite shape, the triangle. This piece, along with the rest of the exhibition, is intended to encourage a new way of seeing and thinking about two dimensional and three dimensional art. It is meant to show that they are both related and not two separate and completely different things.

Synthesis/ My experience

This piece is one of my favorites. I really enjoyed looking through the exhibition. I found it interesting to see the two dimensional paper transform into a three dimensional shape. I am also a fan of geometry, therefore this piece was very aesthetically pleasing to me. It is very sharp and precise which gives it a modernized look in my opinion. The black paper background behind the cutout helps illustrate the transformation from a two dimensional paper to a three dimensional shape.

Week 5- Activity- Spray Paint



This week, I tried spray painting for the first time. This was something I never thought about doing before. At first, it seemed difficult, however after just trying out a couple letters, it became incredibly fun! I loved it!! It took a bit of playing around with the letter size and shape, but in the end, I really liked how it turned out and i enjoyed the experience. In fact this is something I will definitely try again in the future.

Week 5-Artist Conversation- Ralph Acosta

Runway Gothic Medium     Poster, 2016   Dgital Color Prints   24″x 36″

Artist: Ralph Acosta

Exhibition: Runway Gothic Medium

Media: Poster

Galleries: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: N/A

Instagram: N/A

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ralph.acosta.50

About the  Artist

Ralph Acosta is a graduate student at CSULB with a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in General Art . He grew up in the city of Los Angeles and was fascinated by planes as a child. Although he focuses in graphic design, he also dabbles in photography, film and motion graphics among other medias.

Formal Analysis

Ralph designed a poster titled “Runway Gothic Medium” to showcase the new font he created as part of his attempt to redesign the Los Angeles Air Port. The 24″x 36″ has a picture of a plane flying over Los Angeles. The alphabet and numbers 0-9 are written in white over the blue sky background in the font Ralph Acosta created. The font has a very modern and stylish look.

Content Analysis

Ralph Acosta grew up in Los Angles. He mentioned that as a child, one of his favorite past times was going to the Los Angeles Air Port and watch the planes take off and land. Before, airports were places associated with excitement and adventure. However, now the idea of an airport is associated with stress, long lines and frustrating security procedures. In attempt to bring back some of the positive aspects of air travel, Ralph A. was inspired to redesign the LAX  in effort to add consistency to the design of the LAX and with it some of the romance it was once associated with. The shapes found in his font are inspired by shapes that Ralph A. found in the architecture of the LAX itself.


When looking at the design of the font, I notice it has a very modern look. It is modern and stylish while still remaining clean, simple and professional. I found that the curved nature of the letters gave the room a more modern look as opposed to the usual boring and inconsistent lettering I remember in the LAX. Looking at a font as a form of art was a different experience for me. I had never thought about fonts as art. In fact, I never stopped to wonder how or who created fonts. After talking to Ralph, I learned that creating a new font is  actually a very difficult, long and creative process.

Week 4 Activity- Automatic Drawing

Final Product
Adding some color


For this activity, I asked a close friend of mine to help me draw the automatic drawing. At first, it was a little odd since neither of us had ever attempted to draw and automatic drawing before. We found it a bit difficult to relax and begin drawing, but once we did, the rest came pretty naturally. It was surprising to me how easily our hands moved together at the same speed and in the same direction without verbal communication.

Once we stopped drawing, I decided to add some color to it because I thought it would look better if I added some vivid colors. After coloring it in with bright colors, I was really happy with the way it turned out. It has a very vibrant and rounded look.

Week 4- Artist Conversation- Carly Lake

Carly Lake Clonal Realm, 2016 Plywood, clay, acrylic & thread

Exhibition Information

Artist: Carly Lake

Exhibition: Clonal Realm

Media: Sculpture (plywood, clay, acrylic, thread)

Galleries: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Website: carlylake.com

Instagram: sea.lake

About the Artist:

Carly Lake is a senior at CSULB pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. She is originally from Southern California and has had a passion for drawing/illustration for as long as she can remember. When she is not busy with her artwork, she enjoys playing soccer, running and juggling. After graduation, she plans to focus on her art part time.

Formal Analysis

The piece is a vibrant and colorful hanging sculpture. The sculpture showcases brightly colored clay figures arranged in a circle over an equally colorful plywood base. Below the plywood base hang thin strands of thread. These strands of thread are intricately intertwined and woven together.

Content Analysis

After my conversation with Carly L., I learned that her piece, “Clonal Realm”, is about human relationships and codependency. In fact, the sculpture is a part of a larger exhibit titled, “Closer”. Carly L. worked in collaboration with fellow artist May Ta to create the exhibition. The two artists put together an elaborate exhibit that revolves around mankind’s desire for intimacy and the balance between intimacy with others and intimacy as an individual.

When Carly L. spoke about her sculpture, “Clonal Realm”, she mentioned being inspired by a species of plant that, on the surface, grows as separate individual bodies arranged in a circle, however, their roots are intertwined and connected. Similarly, her sculpture is intended to represent the similarities between human beings and this species of plant. Although they are individual bodies, they are also closely connected to one another as are human beings. They share roots and have a similar level of intimacy.

Synthesis/ My Experience

When I walked into the Dutzi Gallery, Carly’s sculpture immediately caught my attention. Her sculpture was bright, vibrant and complex. At first glance, I did not know what to make of it. I found it visually appealing, however,  I did not know the idea and inspiration behind the piece. While chatting with Carly, she spoke about her inspiration behind her sculpture. After hearing about the central idea behind the piece, I decided to take a second look at the sculpture; this time with her inspiration in mind. The second time I looked at the piece, I was able to appreciate the meaning behind the sculpture. I enjoyed the visual representation of human connection, intimacy and codependency.



Mentioned Artist:

May Ta

illustrator + visual artist

Instagram: maypta




Week 3-Classmate Convo.-Monica Lock


This week, I had the pleasure of meeting Monica Lock. Monica is in her third year at CSULB studying Business. Throughout our conversation, she spoke of her excitement about being part of Art 110 because it is her first hands on art course!

website: monicalock.wordpress.com

We discussed the question: If you were to create any artwork of your own, what would be your inspiration?

Monica said that if she could make something art related at this moment, it would be something nature related. She shared that she enjoys spending her free time outdoors. Her artwork would possibly be a depiction of the beach, mountains, or even a garden. She think it’s good to appreciate nature’s art because you are being creative without worrying about anything stressful.

Although I absolutely love nature as well, if I were to create an art piece, I would be inspired to make art about social justice. I am passionate about helping others and about fair treatment for everyone. I would like to create art that reminds people to be kind and charitable to one another and promotes fair treatment. On top of that, i would like my art to be easily shared with the world.