Artisit: Blaine Scot Prow
Media: Sculptures using papers
Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Blaine Scot Prow is a senior at California State University, Long Beach focusing in getting his studio art degree emphasizing in graphic design. Blaine’s hobbies include photography and playing music. He used to be in a band before, but he is now composing his own music and tries get a solo gig. He does not currently have a website, but he does have an Instagram. He said that he is trying to build his website from scratch because it is expected from a graphic designer. The website/tools he is going to use is called Dreamweaver to help him getting started in building his website.
The moment I walked in the room, the first thing I noticed that the pieces on the wall were shapes. There were different kinds of shapes, such as cubes and triangle in 3D form. The pieces lack colors because he wanted it to be as simple as possible and also because of the class he took that changed his perspective on colors. The papers he used was bristol board for the white part and charcoal paper for the black. He used rubber cement to stick the pieces together onto the board. The amount he spent on his pieces varies – from half an hour to three hours depending how challenging it was. He also set up the lighting in the gallery so it matches the angle of the pieces.
This is the first art work that I’ve encountered that has to do with a lot of math. Blaine’s obsession with geometry led him to express his ideas through art. There was a lot of trial and error to get to the ultimate goal. Throughout this process, there were a lot of math and formulas involved to achieve the accurate angles. He has always been interested in construction and geometry and he used that to create his artwork. He enjoys learning how the two-dimensional shapes have a relationship with the three-dimensional shapes.
Even though I did not really understand all the geometry topics he talked about in creating his pieces, I can see how passionate he really is with constructing shapes using geometry and math. He even quickly showed us how he created the three-dimensional shapes. I really like how he tries to go for the silhouette theme with the black and white papers. Even though it seems simple, the process of creating these shapes is complicated and complex, which makes it even more interesting. My favorite piece was the Triangle Square because it looks so simple and it was pleasing to look at. I also like the shadow it created underneath the shape.