Week 7: Artist Conversation – Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek

Exhibition Information

Artist: Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek
Exhibition: Doodles in Space
Media: Toilet seat covers,
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: MaccabeeShelley.com
Instagram: Juliana Bustillo – @juliaanaaaab, Tidawhitney Lek – @tidawhitney

About the Artists

Juliana Bustillo born in Texas until the age of three but moved to East LA, where she was raised. She currently attends Cal State Long Beach and is on a mission to obtain her Bachelors in Fine Arts. Her major is painting and drawing. Spring 2017 is her last semester at CSULB and is planning to move to the east coast where she wants to earn a Masters degree. She has always been good at drawing since her younger years but she has never thought that it would ever be a serious career. She has even won awards when her drawings were entered in a competition. However, in college she was more interested after taking some art classes and started pursing an art major.

Tidawhitney Lek was born and raised in Long Beach, California. She is attending Cal State Long Beach as a super senior. She is earning her Bachelors in Fine Arts. Her major is drawing and painting. Her plans after graduation is to go to grad school in the east coast. She has always enjoyed drawing and it would be the most accessible for her. She was not able to paint because her mom could not afford it. So she used what she had which is water and a bucket and drew on the concrete floor. Although she came into college with thoughts about having a stable, paying job rather than pursue art, she asked herself, “If I don’t do art, will I be happy?” and her reply was “No.”

Formal Analysis 

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The materials in the making of the gallery are made with toilet seat covers. White and black covers are scattered all over the place to give a more abstract and dimension. However, it is also constructed with shapes and patterns which are equally symmetrical. It is hung all along the top of ceiling and hanging freely down to the floor. It shows a The two opposite colors, it gives the white more emphases while the black creates a dark space. In the picture, there is black and white paper mixed ad crumpled together that allows viewers to see.

Content Analysis 

In Juliana and Tidawhitney’s gallery, they wanted to play with Doodles in Space. Their idea was creating a duality since they initially engage with many colors most of the time so the concept of black and white came into play. They decided to have only two colors with black being an inside and white being outside. It was meant to be an installation. They also chose toilet seat covers to use because it has a very unique transparency that you would not be able to get in store. They also thought about having doodles within their gallery. Doodles are thought of mindless drawing and they wanted to show viewers that it is not always the case. Doodles can have symbolism within themselves which was beautifully displayed in the Doodles in Space exhibit.

Synthesis/My Experience

When I first went into the gallery, I was a bit confused because there was such a small alley way to enter and it made me feel like I was entering a secret space. I thought it was very interesting with being a room that was covered in black and white. I was also a bit confused with a large ruffle of black and white paper in the corner. However, once I took my time observing the whole area, I thought it was really cool to see the dimensions that were in play within their artwork. The most I enjoyed in their piece were the patterns and shapes they created. To me, it added structure and was definitely eye-catching. Overall, I thought this was a really unique exhibit because they used toilet seat covers rather than getting paper from the store.

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