Wk 7 – ARTIST CONVERSATION – Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek

Artist: Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek

Exhibition: Doodles in Space

Media: Mixed Media, Installation

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

Website: N/A

Instagram: @juliaanaaaab @tidawhitney


About the Artist

There were two artists to this art installation, Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhiteney Lek both attend California State University Long Beach. Both are pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting. Interestingly enough, there are many similarities between the two artist, they both started doodling and drawing at a very young age, they were both raised locally, and both are seniors.

Formal Analysis

The purpose of the art was probably to an immersion factor that forces the viewer to explore every aspect of the room. Since this project was on such a large of a scale, the entire room being used from to bottom, there were many materials used such as paper, wires, plastic, and even electronics used to manipulate the light. Although there were many materials used, the exhibit only featured two colors, black and white. The floors were mainly black with an arching white for contrast, there were piles of black and white clusters around the room, a large chandelier type decoration was hanging, and as mentioned before there was a manipulation of light that further added to the immersion into the art.

Content Analysis

When walking into the art exhibit you feel like you are entering another world. Since both of the artist mentioned that they liked doodling a lot there were three-dimensional doodles floating around the room in black and white. The artists mentioned that the original plan included many other colors but over time they narrowed down to only two, black and white. The whole exhibit makes you feel like you are in space.

Synthesis / My Experience

Overall this exhibit was one of the more surprising galleries this semester, what you would usually expect is a room with various pieces of art hanging around or in the center of the room; however, this gallery was surprising because the room itself was the art. I also found it funny that the material used for the white aspect of the room were toilet seat covers. At first when entering the room I was confused about where I was allowed to go but I guess it’s all off limits. Overall it was an enjoyable gallery and I hope to see more like this.


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