Wk 7-Artist Conversation-Juliana Bustillo & Tidawhitney Lek

Artist: Juliana Bustillo & Tidawhitney Lek
Exhibition: Doodles in Space
Media: Drawing and Painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn-Werby Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: @juliaanaaaab @tidawhitney

Both Juliana and Tidawhitney are carrying out their final semester here at CSULB and will be graduating this spring. They are both pursuing their BFA’s with an emphasis on drawing and painting. Both artists took a step back from their usual pieces and have fun with the black and white tones in “Doodles in Space.” The piece is meant to be both different from their traditional work and experimental. Juliana was born in born in Texas and raised in LA. She grew up always loving art and what it’s creative nature. Her family and peers were very supportive of her art growing up and later decided to take action and attend CSULB. Tidawhitney however, was born and raised right here in Long Beach. Like Juliana, Tidawhitney grew up with a love for art. She grew up drawing a lot. She decided that she loved art and attended CSULB.

Upon reading the title of the exhibition, you might be confused. However, once you enter the exhibition you will soon see the the title is quite literal. Paper mache spirals of white paper, paper twisting from the walls. Toilet seat covers creating a pattern on the wall. The entire room was chaos, but flowed together. Although the white and black contrasts look random, the room had a type of flow to it, as if there is bliss and order within the chaos of paper mache and toilet seat covers. upon standing in the middle of the room you feel the art move in a counter-clockwise rotation. Not literally, but that is the way the art on the walls flow.

Both Juliana and Tidawhitney experimented with this exhibition. Meaning that they stepped outside of their comfort zone to create this piece. Doodles in Space is meant to depict space, but can also be interpreted as creativity. Space is vast and has endless possibilities, as does creativity. The piece quite literally embodies the purpose of the piece itself. They also veered away from their traditional styles of art by only contrasting black and white. Both artist usually incorporate many colors into their art. 

I enjoyed this exhibition a lot. Not only did it make me forget that I am at school and make me fully engage myself in the art, but it flowed the entire room. Up till recently, every exhibition i’ve seen at the School of Art, Art Gallery has been a collection of individual pieces. Doodles in Space was one piece that took advantage of the entire gallery space to incorporate their art. They even added on more wall to limit the amount of empty space due to the dual doors. Every inch of the gallery was used to create this piece and I think that makes this piece stand out the most. 



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