Artist: Blaine Scot Prow
Media: Graphic Design
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino
About the Artist
Blaine Scot Prow is from Orange County , and is currently a senior at California State University, Long Beach. On Blaine’s free time, he likes to do a lot of photography. He also knows how to play the bass guitar, guitar, and keyboard. Being so musically talented, Blaine was previously in a band. He is currently composing his own work. Blaine is currently majoring in Studio Art here at CSULB. Although Blaine does not have a website at the moment, his instagram account (posted above) is full of his interesting work. Feel free to check him out and give him a follow to stay posted with his work!
Blaine’s artwork in this gallery consisted of a collection of different geometric shapes. There were two components to his pieces: bristol board (the white portions of his artwork) and charcoal paper (the black pieces of paper in his artwork). All of the lines in Blaine’s piece had very straight cut, precise lines. He was able to get perfect lining and angles by doing a lot of math to calculate the angles and lengths. He used a ruler to achieve straight lines as well as an exact-o knife to cut accurate lines. Blaine had to change out the exact-o knife every now and then because a sharp knife was important for clean cut lines. Blaine’s work was very geometric and allowed the viewer to explore the relationship between dimensions.
This piece was about transitioning from the 2nd dimension to the 3rd dimension. Blaine’s favorite piece from his work was the piece called “Factory”. Blaine said that each piece took a different amount of time. For example, the cubes (pictured above) took him about 3 hours, whereas the triangle (posted below) took him about half an hour. There was a lot of math involved to perfect each piece. It took a lot of accuracy and precision to achieve the shapes that he wanted. He also used a template for this project to help keep the shapes exactly how he wanted it. His work showed how you could go from one shape in a flat dimension to a completely different shape once folded. He said that by leaving one edge of the shape on the paper, you can see the shape that it used to be in comparison to the shape that it will be.
I instantly fell in love with the pieces in this gallery because I love art that is just black and white. I also love illusions, and the artwork in this gallery were somewhat illusional. It was quite intriguing to see how one shape drawn on a paper could pop up and be a completely different shape. It was also extremely impressive to see something transform from being 2-Dimensional to 3-Dimensional. It was also interesting looking at his pieces from different angles. The shadows that the 3-dimensional shapes created added more depth to the pieces. It actually reminded me of when I was in elementary school and I started learning about geometry. We were given pieces of papers with templates on it of a cube or a triangular prism and we would cut it out, fold the cut out along the dotted lines, glue it all together, then tada! A 2-D outline is now a 3-D shape. This was like that but on a whole new level because the template was not just a print out, it was hand measured.