For the record, here at 1xRUN & 323East we have taken the current opinion (or opinions) regarding the Mayan prediction for the end of the world on December 21st at face value, and like most end of the world doomsday theories, we're luckily all still here.
Nevertheless, we were intrigued by how this forecast lent itself to popular culture and the creative imagination during recent months. 2012 definitely had it's fair share of tumultuous events, even without this ominous message from the past, so using it as a theme here is both an acknowledgment of the fading crackpot news item and more importantly an opportunity for talented people to reflect on the message of global finality – a message that’s as old as Noah and as recent as yesterday’s headlines.
On that note, 1xRUN and 323East have decided that a colorful celebration is the way to go out or remain calm in light of what Central America hinted at many centuries ago. We’ve asked a number of our favorites to submit pieces that touch upon, affirm, reject, or dismiss the notion of scheduled annihilation. They were given free rein to incorporate whatever elements, symbols, ideas, or passions best suited them.
Appropriately enough, this “finale” will mark the final exhibition that the gallery will host at our Royal Oak before moving on to new digs in Detroit's historic Eastern Market district.
Sam Shamsedean, Himanshu Sharma, Matt Eaton, Ana Bagayan, Mark Sarmel, Ray Domzalski, April Segedi, Bask, John Dunivant, Audrey Pongracz, Ron Zakrin, Glenn Barr, Mark Heggie, Aunia Kahn, Brock Goodman, Kelsey Beckett, William Hanagan, Frank Zerelli, Brian Stuhr, Adrienne L'esperance, Julianna Frost, Jon Sandberg, Kobie Solomon, Mary Williams, Jesse Kassel, Craig Hejka, Amy Chenier, Michael Hanlon, Ed Foster, Julianna Counts, Julie Fournier, Tom Thewes & more...
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This RUN comes signed by the artist along with an Original Artwork Letter of Provenance from 1xRUN.
"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.