Artist: Blaine Scot Prow
Media: Bristol, Foam, Charcoal paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Website: No website.
About the Artist
Blaine Prow is currently a student at the California State University of Long Beach. He is a Studio Arts major, although that is not what he wants to stay in. Blaine hopes to apply and get into Long Beach’s Graphic Design program. This is not what he always had in mind though. Originally from Orange County, Blaine is actually 27 years old, and has been in school for ten years. Throughout the course of those years, Blaine has actually tried to pursue other careers, changing his major three times. He has been interested in cars since high school, so originally he wanted to major in mechanical engineering. After realizing that was not for him, he tried civil engineering for a little, before finally deciding on trying to major in Graphic Design. Blaine has also taken numerous semesters off to try and pursue music, which he explains is why he has been in school for so long. Blaine thinks of art as something that is free form, but he specifically likes graphic design because it is more specific. In this way, Blaine wants to be able to create art that is specific for people in the near future.
When first walking into the gallery, you will notice many different geometric shapes on the wall. All the shapes are three dimensional, and seem to be made of some kind of thick paper mounted onto a foam board. All of the folds and lines on the individual pieces of art are very sharp and precise, which is exactly what the artist wanted. On each piece, there are black and white papers or shapes that come together to form the piece as a whole. Many of the three dimensional aspects of the art are shaped into squares, rectangles, triangles, and prisms. There are also three dimensional cubes and the black charcoal papers also form shapes of their own, such as crosses, squares, and pentagons. One particular piece also looks like a number 6. If you look at that same piece differently, the black charcoal paper looks like a C, and that three dimensional part looks like an O.
Blaine Prow has described himself with being obsessed with geometry for a very long time. He said that he has always been fascinated by the construction and relationship between shapes. Each of his pieces took from half an hour to three hours to make. He had to incorporate actual mathematics while constructing his shapes as well, using the Pythagorean Theorem for every figure. Blaine likes things that are simple and straight, much like the figures he made. He also likes his designs to be orderly and sharp, which he was able to do with constructing the corners on his shapes. At first, Blaine just tried to make ends and corners of pieces, and then expanded once he knew what he needed to do. With his gallery, Extrusions, Blaine was able to see and showcase the relationship between two dimensional and three dimensional structures.
When I first walked into Blaine’s gallery, I first thought of geometry. Personally, I do not really like math, but for him to combine math and art to create something beautiful is quite amazing. The shapes and contrast of black and white were very fascinating and entertaining to look at. I walked into his gallery quite a few times. The feel of his gallery was just very inviting and relaxing. When talking to Blaine, he also emphasized the fact that he liked things that were simple. That resonates with me because I also enjoy things that are simple. To me the little things in life are what makes life so beautiful. Blaine was able to do that with his gallery, Extrusions, showcasing art that was very beautiful, yet simple at the same time.
Extrusions by Blaine Prow.