Artist: Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek
Exhibition: Doodles in Space
Media: butcher paper, drywall paper, roofing paper, toilet seat covers, white paint
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Instagram: Juliana Bustillo – @juliaanaaaab, Tidawhitney Lek – @tidawhitney
About the Artist
The artists who created this exhibitioin are Julianna Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek. Unfortunately Julianna was not at the exhibition, but I was able to interview Tidawhitney. Tidawhitney is a senior and this is her last semester at CSULB. Tidawhitney is working towards her BFA degree in Drawing and Painting. She plans on moving to the east coast and pursue her Masters degree there. She also said that her and Julianna worked well together creating this exhibition.
Before entering there was a huge cardboard wall that covered the right side of the entrance. On left side there was a sign that said to come in. Once you walked past the cardboard wall there was black and white butcher paper covering the walls and paper patterns falling from the ceiling. On the walls there was also toilet seat covers overlapping one another. Throughout the exhibition you could see different patterns of black and white. Most of the placements of paper were not in orderly fashion, it was a mix of different shapes, patterns, and texture. Everything was a black and white contrast. The media used were lots of drywalls in order to hang up the butcher paper, paper sterile, toilet seat covers, and white paint.They worked piece by piece and when they got tired with one section, they went to another and then went back. At first there plan was for one to work with the white and the other with black, in the end they both worked with both colors and collaborated in each section.
This was an experimentation for the artists, and they wanted to make it real by creating 3D pieces instead of a 2D images. Each space has a different vibe and they wanted the audience to move around the space and not make it limited. Their vision was to make it an experience for the audience. They wanted to create different ways for the audience to travel in different directions and move freely across the room. Their key idea was space, that is why they chose to stick with white and black to represent the ideas of enclosed and expanded space.
I was taken back first when I saw the cardboard wall, I wasn’t sure if I could go in but as I saw the sign and kept walking I felt as if I entered into another world. I thought it was funny and creative how they used toilet seat covers in their art! The black and white created the positive and negative space throughout the room. What I usually see is black and white artwork in a 2D form, but it this exhibition they really explored the idea of using space in a 3D form. They created illusions that alter our perception of what is the background and foreground. I also felt as if I was walking through someone sketch book of doodles! As I walked through the exhibition I felt as if I was traveling each time into a different page of doodles.