Artist’s doing well down in the dumpsters

Dumpsters are an important component of Kaz Oshiro’s aesthetic. The large, metal rubbish bins are one of a number of everyday objects – including refrigerators and microwave ovens – that are mediums of inspiration for the artist, who was born in Okinawa, Japan, but now lives in Los Angeles.

Oshiro is known for using mundane objects in his artistic practice: he creates a base in the shape and size of the item in question, covers it with stretch canvas, uses a multiplicity of techniques – and, voila, art.

When the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma) invited Oshiro to display some of his works in one of its new satellite locations, and to simultaneously enrol young, local students to help out, it was an opportunity that he just couldn’t turn down.

“Lacma asked me a year ago to do a project here,” the artist says. “I work solo. I needed two weeks

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