Artists: Julina Bustillo & Tidawhitney Lek
Exhibition: Doodles in Space
Media: roofing paper, drywall, toilet paper, butcher paper
Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website: https://fa4collective.com/portfolio/tidawhitney-lek/ @tidawhitney @juli22n2222b
About the Artists
Both girls are two undergrad seniors who are enrolled in CSULB’s Drawing & Painting art program for a BFA in Fine Arts. Juliana Bustillo was born in Texas but was raised in Los Angeles. She always liked to draw when she was younger and her school teachers used to place her in drawing competitions that she would end up winning. Tidawhitney Lek was born and raised in Long Beach, and originally started out drawing because she couldn’t afford painting supplies at the time. These two became close friends here in the art program at CSULB.
The girl’s exhibit was full of different black and white types of paper strewn across the space provided, stuck to the wall, and bunched up into pieces. The materials vary from toilet paper to butcher paper and it takes up the whole space of the room. The whole room was only black and white, and there was no space left empty.
This art exhibit took Juliana and Tidawhitney a total of 3 days to complete. Both girls explained the exhibit as semi-planned and contemporary. Tidawhitney explains their collab as a drawing installation that incorporated multiple medias such as wires, plastic, and paper. Unlike 2D doodles, Doodles in Space, captured 3D sporadic and random doodles. I believe this art is very different from conventional doodles, and forced the two to get creative with different shapes and medias.
Synthesis / My Experience
When I first walked into the gallery I was really surprised about how much artwork was strung up across the whole area. The artists really took advantage of how big the given space was and I thought their media was really different from what I’ve seen before. Their use of simple items such as toilet paper seat covers to create art shows their sense of artistic perspective. I really enjoyed walking throughout their exhibit and seeing everything in black and white.