Week 6 – Artist Conversation – Blaine Scot Prow

Exhibit Information

Artist: Blaine Scot Prow

Exhibition: Extrusions

Media: Bristol Paper and Foam Core Board

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino

Website: Does not currently have one

Instagram: @tiffuts

About the Artist

Blaine Prow is a very intricate-working artist who finds pleasure through using simple geometric shapes to make his pieces into masterpieces. This undergraduate student is a Studio Art major with an option in Graphic Design. He was not always set on graphic design however, he first started his undergrad career as a mechanical engineering major then switched to civil engineering but that still wasn’t his niche, until he realized that those engineering majors weren’t focused on designing the buildings but more of creating the buildings. All while figuring out where his place was in the academic world of college, he took a few semesters off and tried pursuing a career in music in Los Angeles.

Formal Analysis

This piece was colorful at all, but rather stayed on the black and white tones. He only used two pieces of material, so there was only so much to see; however, in what he did create, it was very amusing. His different pieces through the exhibit were all very straight-edged folds and cut outs.

Content Analysis

He took plain paper and in a sense, made it come to life. He started off with a plain piece of Bristol paper, cut it some ways and then fold it others and you get a brand new shape. Prow has always found and continues to find such an admiration of geometric shapes and how one could “draw four lines to make a square but draw a few more lines and you have a cube…” so he made it a reality with the creation of this exhibit that is presented at the Merlino Gallery this week.

Synthesis/My Experience

I really enjoyed this exhibit and surprisingly it was because of the simplicity and the two-toned color base. Walking in, you didn’t really have a sense of what he was trying to create; and then once you read the exhibit statement and talked to him a little bit, it was evident that he was just a big fan of the simplicity that comes with geometric shapes and how their folds coincide with each other to make different shapes. I was very pleased with this exhibit because it was more of finding the true meaning of it, the mystery of it within the few pieces he had in his exhibit.

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