WK 7 – Artist Conversation​ – Juliana Bustillo & Tidawhitney Lek

Exhibition Information:

Artist: Julia Bustillo & Tidawhitney Lek
Exhibition: Doodle in Space
Media: toilet paper, butcher paper, drywall paper, roofing paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website: n/a
Instagram: Juliana – @juliaanaaaab ; Tidawhitney – @tidawhitney

Tidawhitney Lek was born and raised in Long Beach.  As a young child, she was always drawn to art.  She stated that she first explored art with drawing with simple plain paper and pencil.  She explained that she was not able to do any other type of art technique like painting because her parents could not afford it.  However, she continued her passion for art throughout her years in school as a pleasure and hobby.  When she got to high school, she was introduced to oil painting, which made her realize that she loved art and wanted to pursue art as a career.  With that being said, Tidawhitney is currently in her last semester for her BFA in drawing and painting.  Furthermore, she is planning to continue her studies to get a masters degree in the east coast.

Julia Bustillo also started her passion for art with drawing.  When she was in her elementary school, her teachers would encourage her to draw or create artworks. Therefore, she often won awards as a young child.  She stated that she alway did art just for fun and she only thought about art as a career when she was already in college.  She remembered loving her art class that taught her basic skills and techniques that made her a better artist and wanting for more. Like Tidawhitney,  she is also in her last semester for her BFA in drawing and painting, then moves to the east coast for her master’s degree.

Doodle in Space was an experimental artwork for both Juliana and Tidawhitney. They claimed that as artists they would usually use bright and loud colors, so they wanted to change things wanting for simplicity for this exhibit.  With that being said, the wanted a black and white exhibit.  Furthermore, they call this exhibit as a drawing installation, inspired by their youth and their love for drawing.  Moreover, they wanted a feeling of traveling differently and moving directions.  Hence, the exhibit having its own unique direction and formations.

I really enjoyed this exhibit because it was different to the other exhibits I’ve seen before.  Furthermore,  I liked the movement of the papers and the various types of papers used.  This made the exhibit much more interesting to see and actually follow the direction of the media. From my observation, the exhibit does not have a clear shape or composition.  In this case, I thought of the artists’ carefree attitude and creativity which reflected their own unique contemporary style.

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