Artist: Blaine Scot Prow
Media: Bristle Board, Foam Core and CharcoalPaper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Website: In the Making.
About the Artist
Blaine Prow was raised in Orange County and attended many schools first attending Arizona State University and returning to a community college back home due to finical reasons. While attending community college he was in a band and he wanted to take time off school to pursue a music career. However it did not go as planned and the band lost its momentum so he decided to return to school. In high school he excelled in math and he wanted to design cars so he was majoring in mechanical engineering he realized that the job of a mechanical engineer did not include the design of the automobile he switched over to Studio Art/ Graphic Design.
The Exhibition consisted of 6 pieces each being “extruded” out of the same paper. On each of the pieces one of the sides is still connected while the other sides are cut strategically to create a 3-D shape from the 2-D bristle board. The black part of each of the pieces is charcoal paper and is meant to enhance the section that was cut to show the shape that was needed to be cut in order to obtain the 3 dimensional figure. The board and paper were glued together and placed on a foam core to provide a rigid piece to be hung along the gallery walls.
Blaine is a Studio Art major so physical art is not something that he would normally engage in but his fascination with shapes and how 2-Dimensional shapes can come together to create a unexpected 3-D figure. After creating one in his free time he was inspired to make more and display them. His high school self which enjoyed math came out as he used the pythagorean theorem and his knowledge of angles to create perfectly cut lines and edges which would fold seamlessly into a 3 dimensional figure. Although his major seems like it does not match his exhibition it does, he used 3-D modeling to create and test his work then proceeded to print the templates and traced them on the bristle board using charcoal paper. His major also influences his work as in graphic design it is ideal to be simple and this shows in his work as it is black and white and all the lines are perfectly straight. Although simple each piece can take anywhere from 1/2- 3 hours.
Synthesis/ My Experience
I am mechanical engineering major, needless to say I love math. This exhibition was amazing to me, seeing applied math brought into an art gallery was something i did not see coming. I walked in and instantly bonded with just the title, Extrusions, spending many hours on a 3-D modeling software a week, extrusions are a thing i have come to be very familiar with. Although the pieces do not match the dictionary definition of “extrusion” i understood where the artist was coming from. I stared at every piece for so long because i couldn’t help but to put together the angles and measurements in my head, visualizing the forming of the figures from shapes. Many people walked into the gallery thinking that the black charcoal paper was there to represent the shadow of the form and when i mentioned it was not the shadow it is the shape that was cut out to make it they were astonished. I really connected and enjoyed seeing the reactions of the viewers, math is arguably the most disliked of school subjects but i have always known that the creations of math always leave people in awe and although simple this was just one more amazing creation brought to you by creativity and math.