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Self-sabotage paintings

At Honor Fraser gallery, artist Kaz Oshiro's bright monochromes do not quite fit the spaces he has chosen for them. One yellow-orange canvas, hung vertically, is taller than the wall, and so it bends onto the ceiling on the top and bends onto the floor on the bottom. Oshiro also has stuck a number of other rectangular paintings into corners, so that the canvas ripples and curls awkwardly. The show feels like the last-minute recklessness of someone who really wants to play by the rules -- paint cleanly on straight-edged canvases -- but can't help sabotaging himself every time he gets too close to doing it right. 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd.; through May 25. (310) 837-0191, honorfraser.com
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: April 13. Continues through May 25, 2013

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