Yvon Lambert is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles based artist Kaz
Oshiro. The exhibition opens with a reception for the artist on Wednesday, October 28, 2009
from 6-8 pm and will be on view until December 23, 2009.
For his second solo exhibition at Yvon Lambert Kaz Oshiro will show a variety of works made from
acrylic on stretched canvas, including speaker cabinets, rectangular gray scale boxes, large metal
garbage bins, and abstract still-lifes. Oshiro constructs and paints canvas in three dimensions to create
his paintings, and all are rendered as the same size as the objects after which the works are modeled.
Oshiro’s works are replete with visual intrigue in that the artist’s representations are astonishingly
realistic. Commonplace items, not traditionally considered beautiful or to have visual value, are
imbued with new life through Oshiro’s trompe l’oeil style. In depicting mundane objects, at first
glance the artist strips the artwork of its artistic aura. Devoid of any haughty artistic assumptions,
Oshiro’s works are based on familiar objects, the value of which initially seems nominal, yet their
visual intrigue forces the viewer to rethink the work.
The three-dimensionality and realism of the works create a conundrum for the viewer, who is forced to
address the tension between facade and reality. Oshiro openly displays the secret behind his work: the
back of the canvas on its stretchers is visible to the viewer. Oshiro takes the abstract nature of
minimalist concept and creates paintings that exist in between abstract and realism, pop and
minimalism, and sculpture and painting.
Kaz Oshiro was born in 1967 in Okinawa, Japan and emigrated to the United States in 1986. He
completed his Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees at California State University, Los Angeles
and has exhibited in the United States and abroad including: the Asia Society and Museum, New
York; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Las Vegas Art Museum.
About Yvon Lambert:
Yvon Lambert opened Galerie Yvon Lambert in Paris in 1967. The Collection Lambert in Avignon opened in 2000
and presents more than 350 works from Yvon Lambert’s personal collection. Yvon Lambert New York was founded
in 2003 and in 2007 moved to its current location, designed by Richard Gluckman in collaboration with Thomas Zolli.
Please contact Geneva Jann-Lewis with any press inquiries at Geneva@yvon-lambert.com or 212-242-3611