Exhibition: Get Together & Pass It On
Media: Oil Painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Nathaniel Paderanga is a super friendly art major. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Fine Arts with a focus in drawing and painting. Nathaniel explores stories in real life; more specifically social issues that are deemed ordinary in this day and age. He explained to me about a few of his art pieces and how long it takes for him to make each one. About 2 months is required to make one piece if he truly focuses on one piece.
In Mr. Paderanga’s art pieces, he uses oil paintings as his canvas. Each painting is brought to life with each stroke he uses, almost like a photograph. He perfectly captures each moment with brilliance. They are mainly paintings of his family members in normal everyday situations, but with a deeper meaning.
In his art piece Get Together Mr. Paderanga explains that this is an everyday thing at his family get together. The adults would all meet up in the kitchen or in the backyard and talk, while the younger generation would go sit in a room and just get out their technology. This might seem normal to most people, but he explains that it isn’t; how kids should be playing with each other, exploring and learning through play, but they don’t experience that because they spend all their time being glued to their tech. I thought it was very insightful about how he views normal things like that with such a deeper meaning.
What I got out of Mr. Paderanga’s artworks was actually very similar to his explanations. Especially when I saw the Get Together painting. The only differing point of view we had was his other painting Pass It On. He explained to me how it was a painting of tradition being passed on through the generations, but when I saw the painting I got reminded of an old Buddha quote, “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared”. When I saw Mr. Paderanga’s artworks I just felt happiness from his Pass It On art piece. Just like how the artwork states I believe it was passing on happiness.