Let’s Get Real About The Deceiving Art of Kaz Oshiro

Oshiro’s whimsical facsimiles of everyday objects—microwaves, dumpsters—are form over function

Realism parodies itself in the work of Kaz Oshiro. His pieces look like dumpsters, microwave ovens, and guitar amplifiers, but they’re paintings in disguise. It’s more than a trompe l’oeil illusion. The Japanese-born, L.A.-based artist constructs these works using canvases and stretcher bars, highlighting the illusion of functionality. On Friday, LACMA opens a six-month exhibition, Kaz Oshiro: Chasing Ghosts, in an unusual setting. The show, at Charles White Elementary School in Westlake, is part of the museum’s On-Site program, designed to bring art into kids’ lives. Students will unleash their creativity using items like towels and straws to craft pieces with Oshiro. The next Jackson Pollock may already be doodling on his cafeteria tray.