Artist: Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek
Exhibition: Doodles in Space
Media: Cement Wall, Butcher Paper, Toilet Seat Covers
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website: MaccabeeShelley.com
Instagram: Juliana Bustillo – @juliaanaaaab, Tidawhitney Lek – @tidawhitney

About the Artists

Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhiteney Lek both attend California State University Long Beach. They are both attending school to attain their Bachelors of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting. Juliana was born and raised in East LA and when she first came to college, never wanted to actually be an art major. At first, she had an interest, and just wanted to learn the basics, but when she transferred to CSULB and took an art class here, something attracted her and became an art major since then. Tidawhitney was born and raised in Long Beach and attended Wilson High School. When she was younger she was often told that she had talent in art. She would draw using paper and pencil and sometimes would paint on the fence. Tidawhitney chose to be an art major because she knew that she would not be happy if she did not pursue art. Tidawhitney hopes to also go to graduate school somewhere in the East Coast so she can expand her travels.

Formal Analysis

The whole exhibition took up the whole room. There is paper all around juggled together whether it is hanging from the ceiling or pasted onto the wall. Exploring the dimensions of space, they use toilet paper seat covers, butcher paper, and other types of medium. The colors mostly shown are white with a black background. The art is spread randomly across the room and it is hanging from the ceiling, walls, and across the floor. There is no definite pattern and every inch of the room is part of the art.

Content Analysis

Juliana and Tidawhitney like to explore and play with duality, which is a reason why they chose to work with toilet paper. It has a specific transparency that you cannot buy at an art store and it was easy to handle for this exhibit. Juliana and Tidawhitney focused on using black and white, which keeps the idea of space simple as well representing the two of them. The white colors represented the closed space, while black represents the expansion. . The reason for the cardboard in the entrance was to show that they wanted people to come in, but not leave. The exhibit explores the many dimensions of the room allowing the viewer to step inside the art and be apart of it.

Synthesis / My Experience

As I tried to enter the room, I wondered why the entrance was so narrow. But as I entered the room I was amazed at what I saw. There was art everywhere and no space was left untouched. The art made me feel like apart of it and the three dimensional piece made me feel like I was in another world. It felt like I was in a world of Doodles and everything was different with a unique taste to it. The life size doodles remind me that having no bounds can be fun and scary at the same time.

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