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Kaz Oshiro, the demiurge

 

Ordinary three-dimensions objects? Is this what you think? Look closer… It turns out that these objects are actually painted canvas. Yes, really.

Born in 1967 in Okinawa, Japan. Kaz Oshiro now lives and works in Los Angeles, in the US. “I see myself as a still-life painter trying to become an abstract painter,” says the artist. He paints directly on the canvas and then recreates trivial objects by piecing these canvases together to make three-dimensional forms. His works represent everyday objects coming from our life, our routine at the office: desks, lockers, boxes, large archive folders, containers or bins. His inspiration is really the daily environment the human is surrounded by, the sets, the things we don’t see anymore, the things we may have forgotten.

View of the exhibition Diffuse Reflection at Galerie Frank Elbaz 2015, courtesy of Galerie Frank Elbaz, photo Zarko Vijatovic 25
View of the exhibition “Diffuse Reflection” at Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, 2015. Courtesy of Galerie Frank Elbaz. Photo Zarko Vijatovic

View of the exhibition Diffuse Reflection at Galerie Frank Elbaz 2015, courtesy of Galerie Frank Elbaz, photo Zarko Vijatovic 28

One may say that his work is a sort of reinterpretation of the ready-made from Duchamp. Except that, in this case, the artist himself paints the canvas he uses and does not deprive himself from the creative gesture. Oshiro, in this way, is a demiurge, an inventor, a creator. His work is the very epitome of innovation.

In his own way, Oshiro shows us that triviality, banality, commonness may be a great and unlimited source of creativity. This is also a way of saying that beauty and poetry are in everything. In an increasingly frenetic world, ruled by spectacularization and megalomania, it is sometimes important to go back to basics and simple things. And it is often the simplest things that outlive generations.

 

View of the exhibition Diffuse Reflection at Galerie Frank Elbaz 2015, courtesy of Galerie Frank Elbaz, photo Zarko Vijatovic 29

 

 

His solo show “Diffuse reflection” was held at GALERIE FRANK ELBAZ, Paris, Apr 04 – May 16, 2015.

 

Mahaut Le Lagadec

 

 

 

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