Week 7 – Artist Conversation: Juliana Bustillo & Tidawhitney Lek

Artist: Juliana Bustillo & Tidawhitney Lek

Exhibition: Doodles in Space

Media: Paper, Toilet seat covers

Gallery: CSULB School of Art

Website: MaccabeeShelley.com

Instagram: @juliaanaaaab  @tidawhitney

About the Artist 

Juliana Bustillo is currently attending her last semester at Cal State Long Beach for her Bachelors in Fine Arts. She then plans to move to the east coast to further her education and obtain a Masters degree. She said that she has been drawing since she was young but never thought that it would become her career. Juliana as even won competitions in art and because more passionate when she took art classes in college. Tidawhitney Lek is also attending Cal State Long Beach and earning her Bachelors in Fine Arts as well. She plans to go grad school in the east coast after graduating at CSULB. At a young age she was not able to paint because she could not afford it, so he used water to “paint” on the concrete floors. Art was not her first thought in college as she thought about having a stable job rather than pursuing art. Turns out art made her happy so she pursued it which I respect and hopefully find a job that makes me happy as well.

Formal Analysis/Content Analysis

In this art gallery, Doodles in Space, the idea was to create a an instance of opposition or contrast between two concepts or two aspects of something. This idea led to the room filled with black and white. The space was also made up of toilet seat covers as the materials which was very interesting and unique. The papers used created man shapes and patterns and displayed at every wall, even the floor, and hung from the ceiling. The two contrasting colors gives the room a nice feel and eye catching. The artists also thought about having doodles, or mindless drawings, they wanted to show the viewers that it is not always the case.

My Experience

As I entered the gallery I thought it was very intriguing as I was presented with the whole room being one piece of art. I like that there is no definite pattern to the room and it feels like I am in the mind of the artists. The room feels like you are in a whole another place and I thought it was a very cool experience compared to the other galleries we have seen.




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