Wk 7-Artist Conversation-Nathaniel Paderanga

Artist: Nathaniel Paderanga

Exhibition: Social

Media: Oil painting

Instagram: theartofnate_

About the Artist 

Nathaniel is a student at CSULB working oh his BFA in drawing and painting as an undergraduate student. Nathaniel is a transfer student from a community college, he was a chemistry major in community college and decided to do what he likes most when he transferred to CSULB which is draw and paint.

Nathaniel’a gallery consisted of many paintings of all sorts. All his paints were very colorful and appealing to the eye. From the looks of each painting, it seems like he was inspired by many different things because all paintings were different  I did not notice any similar paintings in this gallery, which is unique.

It was somewhat difficult to choose a specific painting to analyze, so I decided to talk a little about the whole gallery itself. Every painting in gallery had a realistic approach, which made me, as a viewer, feel as if I were there. The meaning of each painting depicts how some scenes in life were better before technology. Each paintings showed how moments in life use to be without technology.

As I walked through the gallery, I was amazed with every painting posted. Every painting looks so realistic that it makes it feel like if you’re there. These paintings made my imagination run wild as I was focused on what they meant. I have not seen art that portrays technology, but made much more sense after he explained what he was approaching.


Wk 6-Activity- Flipbook

This here is a piece of my flip book. It took me a while to think what I was going to do, but I thought lava coming down a volcano would be a good example so here it is.


Wk 6- Artist Conversation- Blaine Scot Prow


Artist: Blaine Scot Prow

Exhibit: Extrusions

Media: Bristol Paper

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Instagram: @tiffuts

About the Artist 

Blaine Scot Prow is almost 27-years-old, and is graduating with his undergraduate degree. He has gone to school for almost 10 years now and has switched his major 3 times. He went from civil engineering to mechanical engineering, to art. He wanted to do more of the art things rather than just build. His main focus of work is graphical design and photography, but this piece was pretty much a side project.

Formal Analysis

This piece was all black and white which included no color at all, but rather three dimensional. His piece consisted of three dimensional shapes constructed on a sheet of paper. Every different shape had its own sheet to distinguish each one. All objects that he constructed were very straight and aligned with each other. The side and edge of each shape constructed was very precise.

Content Analysis 

This piece took him anywhere between half an hour to three hours to complete. His favorite one is the back one, which is the piece that consists of cubes. The hardest one to make was the one in the left corner. All these pieces involve a whole lot of Pythagorean theorem to find the sides of the shapes. He knows what kind of shapes to construct, but needs to use math to construct the length.


This exhibit really caught my attention, considering the fact that there was not color at all. It was very appealing to me because of the precision of the shapes. All the shapes that were constructed in this exhibit were on point, making it revealing to my eye. What was more amusing to me was finding out the meaning of the exhibit. Every piece I saw in this gallery made me ask myself, “why?” So, finding the story behind these cronstructions made me curious to why he chose to do this out of everything.

Wk 5-Artist Conversation-Jane Weibel


Artist: Jane Weibel

Exibition: Psycho Cycle

Gallery: Max L  Gatov East

Media:  ceramic and string

Website: janeweibel.com

instagram: @Janemargarette

Anout the Artist 

Jane Weibel is in her last year here at CSULB. She is currently part of BFA ceramics in the School or Arts. She was a former biology student in her early years as a CSULB student. By the looks of her art, she has strong views of the unequal treatment of women. It is great that she stands for what she believes is right.

Formal Analysis 

Her exhibition was appealing to me, and many other viewers. The artist’s paintings were full of color and life. Every single piece had different colors all around. For instance, the cage and paper shred pieces were very colorful which stood out in the gallery.

Content Analysis 

Jane Weibel is a feminist and this is what her pieces are depicting. The cage represents a more broad picture of women who are boxed in and are viewed a certain way. Just like prisoners, they are boxed in and put away in cells much like the cage she constructed. All of her pieces had to do with the inequality of women and how they are seen in today’s society.


Once I walked into the exhibit, the cage was what mainly stood out to me. Maybe because of the size difference, but that was the first thing that caught my attention. I enjoyed looking at her art because of the colors. Everything just stood out so nice with the lighting of the galleries. The color ways of her pieces often coordinated with each other making it stand out even brighter. I enjoyed looking around and thinking about her great work of art.

Wk 4- Artist Conversation- May Ta

Artist: May Ta

Exhibition: Closer

Media: Scultpure

Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Instagram: @maypta

About the Artist

May Ta is a student currently enrolled at CSULB. She is a Vietnamese transfer student from CSU Fullerton. She comes from a very competitive family who come from a line of engineers and other advanced careers, but she chose the art path. For her, it was hard to decide what she wanted to do for the rest of her life because she comes from a family where art was not a favorable major, making it a tough decision for her. Fortunetly for her, she made the right decision, in which she has tons of talent for this field.

Wk 3- Artist Conversation- Manyu Gao

Artist: Manyu Gao

Exhibition: Concentrated Studies in Life Painting

Media: Oil Painting

Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery West

Instagram: @manyugao

About the Artist

Manyu Gao is a current CSULB 49er from China pursuing her undergraduate degree. This is her last semester as an undergraduate, and is currently looking for a graduate program. She wants to get her masters degree in Painting, as she is in the School of Arts, Drawing, and Painting program. This is her second year since her departure from home, and enjoys where she’s at right now.

Formal Analysis

The artist discussed her painting as an oil painting she painted for an upper division art class that took her a semester to do. The painting shows a women sitting alone eating at a fast food restaurant. Although the logo does not show, the food represents McDonald’s. The boxes in which the burgers and fries were placed looked identical to a McDonald’s box. The setting also looked very similar. She is sitting inside the restaurant with a view of a gas station, which looks much like an intersection in Los Angeles.

Content Analysis 

Manyu Gao states that the painting represents her and how she felt from her departure from home. She felt lonely, which the painting very much represents. It shows a women eating dinner alone. She decided to use McDonalds as the food to eat because it is very much Western like and is popular here in the West.


My first impression of the painting was not really much appealing to me. All I saw was a women eating food, but I did not realize several things. The story behind it, and what it really meant. After looking at it a few more times, I still was not sure what it represented until I officially spoke with the artist. After she explained what it was to me, I realized the bigger picture. The picture made much more sense to me, and I understood what the meaning of it was. After the explanation, it became so clear that I enjoyed just looking at it because it made me think as if I were able to relate to her experience of leaving home.

Wk3-Classmate Conversation- Savannah Avalos

imageSavannah is a Hospitality major whose decision was made by the choice of helping others. Her goal is to be an event planner, but if it does not work as planned, she plans on doing something involving helping people.

A form of art that has made an impact on the speed on she is today is music. She enjoys listening to country music because it makes her feel closer to home, since she is from a rural area of California.