Week 7: Artist Conversation – Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek

Exhibition Information

Artist: Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek

Exhibition: Doodles in Space

Media: Drawing & Painting

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

Instagram: @juliaanaaaab and @tidawhitney

Tidawhitney and Juliana are both currently working towards their BFA degree in the CSULB’s School of Art Drawing and Painting program. As they both have similarities in theory and formal understandings of painting and drawing , they thought it would be a good experience to create “Doodles in Space” as a collaborative exhibit. Tidawhitney states, “Coincidentally we were both going through a stage of doodling.”

Former Analysis: Walking into the gallery, I didn’t expect it to be the way it was. It was as if I was entering another world because the whole space in the exhibit was in black and white. I was confused at first about what exactly it was and how it related to the title of the exhibit, but soon I started to understand it and it all came together. In the exhibit, there was white and black paper hanging from the ceiling, going down to the floor. There was some type of shapes cut into the paper such as triangles, diamonds, and squares.

Content Analysis: They wanted to expand their understanding of space in relation to 2D and 3D art so they created”Doodles in Space” as an explorative project. There is not much meaning behind it, however, the subject matter that they based their whole project on was much more in depth with the mind. Tidawhitney says, “I wasn’t so concerned with the idea of what they viewed it as, but instead more excited about their perception. The process was an amazing experience, although stressful.”

My Experience: This exhibit was fascinating though it took time to put the pieces together. It really did look like doodles in space. It was creative of them to incorporate toilet seat covers in their art.



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