This Release is a part of Ron Zakrin's "Still Life With Drum Machine" exhibition opening Friday, May 18th 6-11p at and runs from May 18th - June 18th.
" I have been wanting to appropriate imagery from classic Japanese woodblock prints for a while. I was doing a painting of an Arp 2600 for my show at 323East and while taking a break I came across the picture of the woman while looking at Japanese prints, or ukiyo-e. The original has the woman sitting in front of her toiletries, and I saw immediately how I could give the girl an upgrade. It might be worth highlighting the collision of a classical motif representing beauty, sophistication, and pleasure with a vintage piece of technological wonder that in itself is a thing of sophisticated beauty. Both are relics of the past that symbolize the height of development in their own spheres, though I realize my passion for synthesizers may not be shared by everyone." - Ron Zakrin
"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.