San Francisco

Kaz Oshiro

Steven Wolf Fine Arts

DRUM MACHINES HAVE NO SOUL reads a bumper sticker duct-taped to the side of what appears to be a small Fender guitar amp. That sentiment, characteristic of classic rock, expresses a yearning for authenticity that is also at the heart of Kaz Oshiro’s meticulous sculptural practice. Using Bondo (an auto-body repair filler), canvas stretched over wooden frameworks, and acrylic paint, the Japanese-born, Los Angeles–based artist crafts convincing facsimiles of ordinary objects. The amplifier is one such fake—a peek at its backside reveals an unfinished interior, the seam of the canvas stapled haphazardly to the support. Here, then, an act of technical finesse is applied to an ordinary-looking device that’s used to make one’s point heard.

In his San Francisco debut, Oshiro showed just five works, and the show’s spare installation made the gallery feel more like a severely underfurnished warehouse

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