This release is a part of 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.
“At first I performed these live sets and I had an army of modified toy robots that made all these interesting sounds. After a while, it was only naturally that the whole aesthetic of these robots and all this gear started making it’s way into my painting. The two bounced back and forth. Music is a soundtrack, and there was no better soundtrack for painting in the studio than techno back then. For me there was still a wonderful mystery surrounding the music. Beats and repetitive sounds influenced the rhythmic nature of your hand moving back and forth on the canvas. I let the music bleed into my art in all these little subtle ways subtle ways, but eventually the two became kind of separate. So with this show it will be the first time that I marry the two in an obvious, more direct way. “ Zakrin said.
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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.