Artist: Blaine Scott Prow
Media: Bristol boards, charcoal paper, rubber cement
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr Maxine Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
The artist is Blaine Scott Prow whom had transferred to CSULB. He is currently a senior that is going for his BFA degree in Design. Blaine has always had an interest in Geometry and his favorite work in the exhibit was Factory. His work time averaged between 30 minutes to almost 3 hours to finish each piece. He also enjoys to play the bass guitar and keyboard.
The artist cut out geometric figures using an X-acto knife to cut straight lines into the bristol boards. Each cube he cut out seemed to have straight cuts and were made to have an empty the bottom that the viewer could not see. This was the result of the cutting method the artist used, in which the pieces cut had one edge that remained attached to the bristol board. The colors used were white and black to keep the work simple without too much distraction from the shapes themselves.
The artist really enjoys geometric figures which explains the reasoning of the shapes used in his work. He decided to use white and black colors because of his experience in a color composition class teaching him the effects of colors on different works. So as to avoid having to think of different colors and their implications he chose white and black. The artist wanted to show different ways to create 3D figures and made his work with an edge attached to the board instead of everything being cut out.
Synthesis / My Experience
The work used simple figures but the idea behind it was to show a different way that 3D shapes could be constructed. It essentially showed a method that is not a norm but also completed the objective the artist wanted. I knew of the cross method that could be used to create a cube but I had not created one from a smaller plus shape. The only issue would be seen once the shape was turned over as it would not have a bottom side. The artist even adjusted the lighting in the room to add more shadows to this specific work that added a layer to his work. I feel this work could help people view a goal differently by making them realize that there are several methods of completing a task and I hope to bring this idea into my own work in the future.