Artist: Blaine Scot Prow
Media: Bristol and Foamcore
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Maxine Merlino Gallery
Website: In Progress
Blaine is a Studio Arts major who is currently in his last year at CSU Long Beach. He says that since a young age, he was fascinated at the relation between two dimensional and three dimensional space and math. This passion for math carried all the way through college, leading him to originally become an engineering student in community college. After several years in bouncing around schools and majors, he settled on studio arts. Finally after more than tens years, he will be graduating after next semester. After college he is planning to apply for a graphic design job at an automotive company. Before then, he plans to take on several internships to build experience. Hopefully everything works out for him.
My most notable thought that came to my mind upon walking in the exhibition was that it was tidy. The lighting was at a perfectly illuminated the black and white pieces, which were separated orderly. Blaine’s pieces of arts were easily the focal points of the exhibition. They were hard to miss since everything pointed to them. Furthermore, the pieces pointed outward, with two of them pointing toward the door.
Blaine’s exhibition focused on the relation between 2-D and 3-D. The way the
3-D cutouts aligned perfectly the black 2-D shapes curbed a feeling in me that made me think of OCD. For 2-D we have a flat background whereas for in 3-D we have corners, edges, and planes that complement the 2-D backgrounds. The background is black whereas the shapes are white, which gives all the attention to the shapes. There is nothing to take away the viewer’s focus from the geometry. The piece in the first picture, This That, the edges of the plane are manipulated into a square prism. The way Blaine manipulated the five corners of the 2-D into four corners and a peak in 3-D makes it more orderly. The symmetry of the shapes complements the symmetry of the background. Lastly, the colors of black and white strongly contrast to allow the viewer to appreciate all the little details of the shapes.
I can somewhat relate to Blaine’s passion for math and shapes. Shapes are everywhere around us and it is super interesting to see how something 2-D can be forms in the something that is 3-D. This is easily seen in engineering applications, such as a soda can. A sheet of metal is turned into a shape which maximizes volume meanwhile fitting perfectly within the human hand. As an aerospace engineer, the math that we go over leads to us further understand this relation between 2-D and 3-D and we find further ways to utilize it within our lives.