Artist: Blaine Scot Prow
Media: Bristol Board, Digital Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Website: N/A; Coming soon
During this week’s artist conversation, I had the privilege of speaking to Blaine Scot Prow. To go a little more into his background, he is a senior undergraduate at CSULB. Initially, he started engineering since he wanted to work with cars and their designs. He does studio art and has always had an avid interest in geometry and math. To him, math is definite, which makes it fun. Likewise, art is logical like how numbers are connected to one another, which inspired his works within Extrusions.
For his pieces, there were 3-D shapes that were created through the means of his imagination. What made him think of the idea was when he was simply doodling a triangle and then he cut down the edges of it, one by one, and then saw how there were new shapes being formed. He thought it was really interesting as you can look at a pentagon and change its shape by just altering it a little. He did them black and white because he wanted to bring focus into the shapes themselves rather than the colors and flashiness of a piece. He preferred something that was more simple and clean. He used Bristol on Foamcore to make the pieces come to life. Furthermore, he just thought it was interesting about the relationship of two dimensional and three dimensional shapes. The triangle piece took him approximately 3 hours. The whole process was very procedural and he felt as if it was very surgical when he was using hard paper and boards for the piece. In addition, he hand cut everything with an exacter knife and utilized a ruler to keep the edges straight since he humorously mentioned that his ability to make a straight line freely was horrifying. Nevertheless, his work speaks for itself with its own classy feel.
When I saw the piece, I thought it was oddly abstract. As I got closer to every piece to take a better look, I saw how there was a lot of time and effort put into the precision and accuracy of each edge to make a new piece and I thought that it was really fascinating. most art pieces take on a very bold way of expression with numerous colors and flare. However, Prow’s work illustrated a simple take on artistic expression and his work was very beautiful in the sense that there was a lot of allure to it even though it did not have many colors or otherwise. Overall, Prow’s work was splendidly wonderful and I am sure to look forward to his work in the future.