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Honor Fraser Gallery is pleased to present Kaz Oshiro’s solo exhibition of new paintings at the gallery. His exhibition opens on July 18, 2015 with a reception from 6-8pm.

Kaz Oshiro’s new paintings recall the art historical strains of monochrome and color field painting, but his “broken paintings” reject the flat space of traditional canvases for precisely wrought sculptural forms that appear to have been forcibly folded. Rather, Oshiro’s paintings are deliberately formed with mitered joints that relegate individual artworks to architectural corners, while diptychs and triptychs jut out from the wall as though the paintings are bending up against one another to form bas reliefs. Often referencing nature, Oshiro uses multiple layers of color to achieve both flatness and depth. This project follows Oshiro’s exhibition Still Life 2013 and is a prelude to his next one-person exhibition at the gallery in 2016.

Kaz Oshiro was born in Okinawa, Japan in 1967 and lives in Los Angeles. He received a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts from the California State University, Los Angeles. Honor Fraser Gallery has presented one solo exhibition featuring Kaz’s work to date: Still Life (2013). One-person exhibitions of his work have been presented at Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Charles White Elementary School Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2013); Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan (2007); Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV (2007); and Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA (2005). His work has been included in thematic exhibitions such as Space Between, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY (2015); Visual Deception II: Into the Future (traveling), Bunkamura: The Museum, Tokyo Japan; Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan; Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan (2014); Between Critique and Absorption: Contemporary Art and Consumer Culture, Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI (2013); Simulacrum, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH (2012); Bruce Connor and the Primal Scene of Punk Rock, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO (2012); Lifelike (traveling), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA; Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (2012); American Exuberance, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL (2011); New Image Sculpture, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX (2011); Artist’s Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (2010); Less is less, more is more, that’s all, CAPC Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux, France (2008); One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA (2007); Red Eye: Rubell Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL (2006); Thing: New Sculpture from Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2005); Nothing Compared to This, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH (2004); and California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA (2004).

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