Artist: Blaine Scot Prow
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Website: n/a; under construction
About the Artist:
Blaine Scot Prow is a student at CSULB’s School of Art’s Studio Arts program. He is a couple of semesters away from receiving his BFA in Studio Art. Although Prow is passionate about design and what he does, it was not always what he thought he would do for a living. Coming into CSULB, Prow thought he wanted to do automotive engineering. It was not until he reached calculus that he knew it was not what he wanted to do. His calling was leaning towards the advertisement of the cars, as well as designing them. Prow always did have a fascination for geometry and shapes. He was fascinated by the relationship of 2D and 3D as well as the relationship amongst shapes. Although Prow loves art, he tends to show his inner passion for mathematics and analytics through the art as well.
Prow’s exhibition Extrusions is simply cut outs of shapes folded to make new 3D shapes. The 3D shapes were made out of white cardstock mounted on top of the black cardstock. All of the cut-outs and 3D figures were made from straight lines. No curvatures were depicted in any of the “extrusions”. According to Prow, no color was used to not distract the viewer from the shapes. Black and white would aim the focus at the cut-outs and shapes.
Prow wanted to provide an artistic way to show his interest in geometric figures. The idea occurred to him when he was simply playing around with cutting shapes. He said that polygons are all derivatives of one another. Prow came to the realization that the majority of the polygons would lose a side when he would make them into their 3-dimmensional derivatives. Through trial and error and using the Pythagorean theorem, he was able to demonstrate the relationship between the two-dimensional world of shapes to the three-dimensional shapes.
I tend to be a more logistic, mathematical left brain thinker. I thought Extrusions was such an interesting exhibit because it was perfectly symmetrical and very linear. I tend to have a hard time with producing art myself due to the frustration with not having things work out precisely like it does in math. Prow’s idea to combine art with geometry worked immensley well in his favor. It was very pleasing to look at all the lines and cutouts. The white against the black background provided a great contrast between the 3-D and 2-D shapes. I think this gallery is a metaphor for Prow’s brain in some way. Prow has the very analytical passion for shape and mathematics but with a very creative side as well, as seen through his exhibition.