Artist: Blaine Scot Prow
Media: Bristol Board, Foamcore
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Website: In progress
About the Artist
Blaine is a senior undergraduate student currently working on his Studio Art BA Degree in the CSULB School of Art’s Studio Program. Blaine mostly participates in graphic design and photography, however, he hates painting. Blaine’s inspiration for his exhibit was his love for geometry. He has always been fascinated with geometry and has a passion for building things and that was presented through this exhibition. The artist’s exhibition took about 24 hours of total work to complete and he did it all in about one weekend with no sleep (too relatable).
Blaine’s gallery was very simple. There were six pieces in total, one on one wall, two at the end of the room, and three on the next wall. The biggest thing I noticed about these pieces is that there were practically no curves. Everything he made was using straight lines or cuts. The next thing I noticed was how there was so much dimension in his work. While his work also has 2D components, the 3D “extrusions”truly make his work stand out. Another element of Blaine’s work worth noting is that everything is in black and white. While the two colors create contrast, the lighting utilized that is spotlighted on the art generates shadows that define each piece.
The artist used this exhibition as “another chance to build something.” His love for construction and mathematical theorems allowed him to assemble this show. Blaine’s work consisted of only straight lines because he hates curves. Blaine was asked why he chose to do his exhibition to in only black and white and he answered that he wanted the audience to focus on the shapes. Adding color would distract from the focal point so he made everything black and white to express simplicity.
Synthesis / My Experience
The origin of Blaine’s exhibition was an idea he had starting with a triangle a long time ago while messing around and he decided to make some more pieces to show off. I am glad he continued with these pieces because I think they are very unique. While I also enjoy complicated, abstract art; I also enjoy simple artwork. My friend once told me he saw math as a form of art and I never thought I would see an actual artist being completely inspired by mathematical formulas and geometry. Everyone can be inspired by truly anything nowadays and I think that Blaine’s passion for construction and geometry is very powerful for him. Also, here is a random fact about the artist: his favorite shape is a triangle because he see’s it as the strongest!