Kaz Oshiro: Chasing Ghosts
As part of the museum’s ongoing engagement with the community, LACMA presents an exhibition of work by Kaz Oshiro at the museum's satellite gallery within Charles White Elementary School. The exhibition juxtaposes objects Oshiro selected from the museum's collection, new work based on his interactions at the school, and student art. Oshiro is best known for creating high fidelity sculptures of everyday objects—microwaves, dumpsters, file cabinets. By using the materials of painting (paint, canvas, stretcher bars) to fabricate sculpture, Oshiro’s work transcends tromp l'oeil trickery and blurs the distinction between the two media. Oshiro was born in Okinawa, Japan and is based in Los Angeles.
Charles White Elementary School opened in 2004 on the former campus of Otis College of Art and Design. The school is named for local artist Charles White (1918–1979), who taught at Otis for many years. LACMA has been programming exhibitions at the school since 2007.
Public Hours: Open from 12 pm–4:30 pm February 8, March 8, April 6, April 12, May 10, June 7, 2014. Enter the gallery at the corner of Park View and Wilshire Boulevard.
This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This exhibition is made possible through the Anna H. Bing Children's Art Education Fund. Education programs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are supported in part by the William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund for Arts Education, the Margaret A. Cargill Arts Education Endowment.
Image: Kaz Oshiro, Dumpster (Yellow with Blue Swoosh) (2010), Acrylic on streched canvas over panel and caster wheels, Gift of Steven Hull and Tami Demaree, Yasmine Benyamini and Samuel Kashani.
Kaz Oshiro was born in Okinawa, Japan, in 1967. Growing up in the 1970s, Oshiro recalls an early interest in contemporary art after he encountered a reproduction of a photorealist painting by Robert Estes. The memory stuck with him as he was left to ponder whether or not the work was in fact a painting or a photograph…
Watching while an artist uses a slingshot to catapult a paint-coated tennis ball onto a wall is a unique experience—but working directly with the artist, and being the one to actually launch the ball, is even more memorable. This was the realization a group of elementary school students arrived at recently when they worked with Los Angeles–based artist Kaz Oshiro in preparation for his LACMA-organized exhibition Kaz Oshiro: Chasing Ghosts.