Artist: Blaine Scot Prow
Exhibition: Extrusions: The Factory
Media: Graphic Design
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Blaine Prow is a senior at California State University, Long Beach. He is a transfer student and once he graduates, he plans on applying to Long Beach States Graphic Design program. Although he changed his major a couple of times, Blaine had always had a thing for geometry and graphic design. An interesting fact about Blaine is that he enjoys writing music, in fact he even used to be in a band! His website isn’t ready yet because he would rather design his own website than use a template.
Blaine uses many different geometric shapes throughout the exhibit. He used a thick white paper called bristol board and black paper, called charcoal to make his shapes and then displayed them on a foam board. He emphasized that it is important to use a sharp exact-o knife to cut the lines for his shapes in order to ensure accuracy.
He had always been fascinated by the fact that adding a few extra cuts and folds to a shape, you can make a completely different shape and dimension. His pieces took him about thirty minutes to a few hours depending on the complexity of the cuts. He used a lot of math for this project (like the Pythagorean Theorem) and even showed us some of the formulas he used in his sketchbook. After viewing his exhibit, Blaine wanted visitors to see the simple relationship between two dimensional and three dimensional structures.
I really enjoyed this exhibit because, like Blaine, I’ve always had an eye for simplicity. Keeping the exhibit black and white was nice because sometimes adding too many colors can take away from the actual piece. The lighting was creatively aimed so that each piece had nice shading in the right places.