A new Kaz Oshiro exhibit, “Diffuse Reflection,” just opened at Galerie Frank Elbaz in Paris, and the pictures do not disappoint. We have been impressed with the LA artist’s work for years now, watching with awe as he turns wood, canvas and paint into three dimensional trompe-l’oeil sculptures of everyday objects...

A new Kaz Oshiro exhibit, Diffuse Reflection, just opened at Galerie Frank Elbaz in Paris, and the pictures do not disappoint. We have been impressed with the LA artist’s work for years now, watching with awe as he turns wood, canvas and paint into three dimensional trompe-l’oeil sculptures of everydayobjects, like that old microwave from your dorm room, a stack of guitar amps, a full kitchen, and even a dumpster. With a keen eye for detail, Oshiro’s work captures the tiny nuances of objects with personal history. And he is a master of fooling they eye. Even in person, you can't tell that these objects are made of canvas. His hyperreal sculptures elevate mundane objects and succeed in shifting perceptions. I always tell this story about seeing his work for a first time: At a gallery opening, I watched with horror as a woman carelessly placed her empty wine glass on top of Oshiro's perfect replica of a fast food restaurant garbage bin. I didn't want to see the sculpture disrespected, but it was a testament to Oshiro's excellence in rendering objects that look so real you don't even know they're art. Although that woman should've probably considered the fact that art galleries never have fast food restaurant garbage bins around. Go see Oshiro's show if you're in Paris; you won't be sorry. —Kristin Farr