Selected works by Kaz Oshiro

Kaz Oshiro
Wall Cabinet #10


Acrylic on stretched canvas

76.2 x 76.2 x 30.5 cm
Kaz Oshiro is a master of deception. His works posit ordinary objects with a humble simplicity. Washing machines, kitchen cabinets, stereo speakers, and trashcans are presented with mundane matter-of-fact-ness ― bland commercial components, bearing the marks of their habitual use. Oshiro’s forms, however, are not usual household appliances: they are actually three dimensional hyperrealist paintings. Each of Oshiro’s works is assembled from stretched canvas, expertly faux finished and adorned with real fixtures such as handles and decals. Through openings in the back of each work, Oshiro reveals the secret of their making.
In combining sculpture and painting, Oshiro considers his work as dissociated from both disciplines. Instead he describes his practice as “postmodern photography”, creating provocative instances of perception which simultaneously confuse and expose artifice and reality. Equally influenced by Minimalism and Pop art, Oshiro uses these references to reinterpret the traditional genre of still-life. Like 17th century paintings of flowers and fruit, Oshiro’s contemporary emblems of status symbol and commodity invoke a transitory mysticism in their contrived illusion. In replicating the quotidian, Oshiro conjures a magic in the in the experience of everyday banality.

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The sculptures of Kaz Oshiro are not what you see or think you see, and then again they are exactly that. Using paint, canvas, and stretchers, the expected materials of a painter, as well as Bondo, an auto-body filler that is a staple of California car culture, Oshiro paints hyperrealistic still lifes in three dimensions of common objects from pop and commercial culture, achieving very unexpected results. - Kaz Oshiro’s Magic Deceit by Michael Duncan
Kaz Oshiro’s surprising re-creations of commonplace objects are trompe l’oeil mind-teasers that slyly extend and invert the esthetic end-game initiated by the ideas of Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol. Flawless illusions, they appear to be what they depict--amplifiers, kitchen cabinets, trash cans, washers and dryers--complete with evidence of wear: scuff marks, stains, scrapes, stickers. As bland objects from the bottom of the consumer chain, they seem unlikely inhabitants of a museum or gallery. - Kaz Oshiro - Drone
For his third solo show at Rosamund Felsen Galley, Kaz Oshiro presents his meditations on Minimalism, Pop, trompe l’oeil painting with the suggestion of ambient sound. - Re-creating the ordinary in detail by Leah Ollman of Los Angeles Times
Kaz Oshiro's work at Rosamund Felsen Gallery is amazing, as well-executed trompe l'oeil work tends to be, and also superficial, as trompe l'oeil work also tends to be — technique overwhelming all other concerns. Oshiro smartly references Pop, Minimalism and the Dada ready-made, but at heart he's an amusing trickster. - At Pomona College Museum of Art by Christina Valentine of Art Week
Kaz Oshiro’s trompe l’oeil works of banal everyday stuff present themselves as cultural doppelgangers. A quotation of the everyday, practical functioning object, Oshiro’s works challenge the ways they and their daily counterparts can be culturally read. The overlap between the commercial, consumer and the art worlds generates a haunting of the two spaces. - “Drone-ing On” by Kim Bockus of NY ARTS
It’s not often you can walk into an art gallery and feel like you’ve accidentally stumbled into a laundromat, but Kaz Oshiro’s third solo exhibition at Rosamund Felsen Gallery is just such an experience. - Kaz Oshiro, Trash Bin 2003
Kaz Oshiro was born in occupied Okinawa, Japan. He lives in Los Angeles. Oshiro makes flawless trompe l’oeil replicas of American sub-cultural artifacts: Marshall amps, Fender stacks, sticker-festooned car bumpers, appliances. - Subpar by Kaz Oshiro
An installation of Oshiro's meticulously crafted trompe l’oil replicas of common objects that are in fact three-dimensional paintings made using canvas, stretchers, bondo and acrylic paint.
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