These RUNs highlight Ron Zakrin's "Still Life With Drum Machine" at 323East Gallery. The exhibition highlighted Zakrin's career spanning obsession with Detroit electronic music and the effect it has had on his artwork over the years as both a producer and artist.
"In a way, this piece was the seed that sprouted into the Still Life with Drum Machine show, which married my influences of electronic music and painting like never before. I was working with a firm to produce a documentary about the business side of the music industry, with a focus on Detroit Techno and it's various artists. I had a number of illustrations and paintings that came out of this project, but my work was not used in the film. I don't know what the status of the film is. Having these paintings of synthesizers and drum machines led us to the idea of doing a show on the theme Still Life with Drum Machine exhibit at 323East Gallery. I would guess I put 8 - 12 hours total into it, but it was off and on, not a straight session. " - Ron Zakrin
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"I was born at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit. As a kid I wanted to become either an artist, an astronaut, or a master of Kung Fu, roaming the world and using my swift fury to thwart the rising tide of evil. I became an artist as a young man and never looked back." - Ron Zakrin
Ron Zakrin has been an ever present creative force in Detroit since the mid nineties, when he emerged on to the underground electronic music set with paintings that provided a visual counterpart to the Detroit sound that was taking the world by storm. Since those early days Ron's work has expanded in scope and scale; no longer strictly focused on man and his relationship with technology, Zakrin probes the veins of society, and explores the nature of man, love, and loss. Zakrin lives in Detroit Michigan, where he was born and works daily.
In parallel to his visual art, Zakrin is also a recording artist under the name Goudron. First appearing on the on the legendary Detroit label Ersatz Audio in 2002 with the EP "Horses and Chariots", and an EP and LP in 2004, "Civil Symmetry" and "Raw Voltage", Zakrin moved to the equally influential Interdimensional Transmissions label after the Ersatz label closed shop. 2007 marked the beginning of this new partnership with the release of the EP "Stiletto", with more projects in the pipeline.
Zakrin puts his modified circuitry to work along with vintage analog synthesizers to produce a musical journey through the post apocalypse, gliding seamlessly from electropunk anthems at home both on the dancefloor and behind the wheel, to a more introspective and melodic reflection of life, love, and loss.
Having toured throughout North America and performing for enthusiastic crowds on both sides of the border, Goudron has a respectable following in the electronic music audience both in North America and Europe.
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