Steven Wolf Fine Arts San Francisco artwork

Kaz Oshiro
February 2 - Mar 25, 2006

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. Music amplifiers, dorm-room fridges, double-stack washer/dryers and scuffed credenzas form the humble subjects of his oeuvre. As hybrids, they blur the boundary between painting and sculpture. With their fanatical attention to detail and focus on everyday life they challenge the conventions of representation and ask us to look closer and distrust what we see and take for granted around us all day long. As appropriations in an age saturated with appropriations, they effortlessly reference pop art, minimalism, conceptual and finish fetish art--without being dominated by them. But the objects are well more than art about art. Punk-rock stickers and other sub-culture paraphernalia reveal the Japanese born Oshiro to be an astute reader of American culture both high and low.
Trash bin #9
40 x 20 x 20 in.  
Fender Vibro Champ #3
17 x 16.25 x 7.5 in.  
Small Fridge #5 (Black Flag)
17.25 x 20 x 17.75 in.  
Bose Entertainment Sound System
14 x 7.5 x 16.75 in.  
Wall Cabinet #5
15 x 30.25 x 12 in.