Artist: Blaine Scot Prow
Media: Foam board, Bristol paper, charcoal paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Blaine is a senior student of Studio Art at CSULB. He also does a lot of graphic design and wants to work in this line of business. He always had a fable for geometric shapes and math. Other than that Blaine is a passionated musician playing guitar, bass-guitar and keyboard.
Blaine doesn’t claim for himself to express anything else than the pure joy of geometry and the ability of it to transform two dimensional shapes into threedimensional objects.The example above shows the unfolded version of his piece ‚C.O.‘ the paper is still complete – no part is missing. But when folded in the right way it shows the letters C and o – one as a negative space the other one as a three dimensional geometrical form.
To archive this, Blaine spends a lot of time calculating and measuring. The final pice of art then only takes between 1-3 hours to produce and is all about precision in cutting and folding. Since he wants to focus on the beauty of geometry he decided to use white paper on black foamboard. The use of any other color would only distract and produce expectations of some meaning he doesn’t intend to express. Also the lighting takes an important part in Blaines work. The objects are lit by a spotlight from a certain point above – so the pieces usually seem to appear in white, black and two (grey) gradations
I can perfectly understand Blaines fascination for these geometrical forms – out of a flat surface comes a complex object and leaves a negativ space behind. it’s the same fascination that you can have for origamis – complex figures made of one piece of paper but in case of Blaine’s objects there are cuts added and the result is no figure but a geometrical form.