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Thu, Oct 2 - Mon, Oct 6
RUN #00384b
Ron Zakrin - The Hero Emerges On The Eve Of The Apocalypse
Ron Zakrin
The Hero Emerges On The Eve Of The Apocalypse
Part of Beauty & The Beats   View Entire Series
Edition Size:   125
16 x 20 Inches Archival Pigment Print on 330gsm Fine Art Paper
This Run is Sold Out
The edition size for this Timed RUN will be set to the amount sold until January 28th at 3pm at which time the edition will be closed and the final edition size is set.

"I was initially going to have the girl playing a synthesizer, but it became clear that an arcade machine from my youth would be a perfect fit. Well, I was working on the piece, like I said, she was originally playing a Moog Voyager synthesizer. But sometimes I get tired of painting all of those knobs and tedious details that make a synth so goddam sweet. Fun to play a synth, hell to paint. The arcade cabinet solved this problem, without altering the dynamic I was going for. I put the cigarette in the girls mouth as a nod to all of my arcade heroes from back in the 80's, most of whom were 9th degree burnouts who swore at the machine and would smoke while chasing that high score so that they could write something dirty on the top board." - Ron Zakrin

This RUN comes signed, numbered and with a Certificate of Authenticity from Ron Zakrin and 1xRUN.


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Discuss This Run

Ron Zakrin Returns On The Eve Of The Apocalpyse

Ron Zakrin was actually one of the first 10 artists to be featured here on the wild world of 1xRun.com, his first Run was in fact #10, a 15.75 x 20 giclée “The Creeps”, and was only an edition of 28. For his next RUN, Ron returned with a series of hand-painted mixed media paint cans cthat provide a swirling narrative as the viewer turns them. Each one is meticulously crafted and a true one of a kind, just the way we like it here on 1xRun.com! Next Ron brought us a series of original paintings and accompanying limited edition prints for his Still Life With Drum Machine series. For his latest piece Ron continues with the energy from Still Life Drum machine but the focus has shifted to video games as he returns with The Hero Returns On The Eve Of The Apocalypse

1xRun Thru Interview
The Hero Returns On The Eve Of The Apocalypse by Ron Zakrin

1xRun: What have you been up to since we last talked to you with your about your Still Life Drum Machine pieces?
Ron Zakrin: I’m still continuing to work on pieces in that series with girls and synthesizers, but as of late I have been focusing on women’s figures. I’ve also expanded it lately to include arcade games and vintage electronics as you can see with this piece. For this piece, I was initially going to have the girl playing a synthesizer, but it became clear that an arcade machine from my youth would be a perfect fit.

1xRun: Tell us a little bit about the original painting, how did the idea and execution came about?
Ron Zakrin:  Well, I was working on the piece, like I said, she was originally playing a Moog Voyager synthesizer. But sometimes I get tired of painting all of those knobs and tedious details that make a synth so goddam sweet. Fun to play a synth, hell to paint. The arcade cabinet solved this problem, without altering the dynamic I was going for. I put the cigarette in the girls mouth as a nod to all of my arcade heroes from back in the 80’s, most of whom were 9th degree burnouts who swore at the machine and would smoke while chasing that high score so that they could write something dirty on the top board.

1xRun: How long did the piece take?
Ron Zakrin: I would say it took couple of weeks from start to finish.

1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
Ron Zakrin: Everything!

1xRun: Why should people buy this print?
Ron Zakrin: Well, I like it. The original is already sold, and although a print is never as good as the real deal, I recently saw the proofs, and they look great. So if you are into vintage arcade games or like Geishas Gone Wild, this could be for you.

1xRun: Describe this print in one gut reaction word.
Ron Zakrin: Smokin’.

1xRun: So when did you first start making art?What was your first piece?
Ron Zakrin: Long ago. I began learning to draw Darth Vader, the members of KISS, and monkeys with helmets.

1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?
Ron Zakrin: Very early on I was inspired by H.R.Geiger, Bob Ross, Diego Rivera, then later by Comic book artists like Marc Silvestri and Dan Green, Tex, Frank Miller. Then when I started to get into the local scene I was all about a Detroit painter named Robert Berry. Also Tyree Guyton for sure, that man made everything else look small.

1xRun: What artists inspire you now?
Ron Zakrin: I’m into Antony Gormley right now.

1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?
Ron Zakrin: I listen to a lot of chiptunes, I have like 45,000 jams on my phone thanks to the High Voltage Sid Collection, a database of all music made on the Commodore 64. I like krautrock, classic Detroit electro, proto techno, Roxy Music. Also I listen to a lot of public radio to satisfy my unquenchable thirst for information. *Click below for tunes from Ron’s musical alter ego Goudran and video of Ze Dark Park.

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?
Ron Zakrin:  I wouldn’t mind do something with Matt Eaton. Could turn out well.  I would want to work with Andy Warhol, so that I could make him cry.

1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?
Ron Zakrin: A self portrait of my mentor, George Hriczick. It was actually a nuclear scan of his head, so it’s basically a picture of his skull. He died of cancer a few years after that scan was made, and I don’t like seeing it, so it’s in a box now. If it wasn’t for George, I might not be doing what I’m doing today.

1xRun: What was the last piece of art that you bought?
Ron Zakrin: A screen print/ painting on metal by Bethany Shorb. It’s of a glitched out plane landing on a runway.

1xRun: What else do you have currently in the works?
Ron Zakrin: I’m working on a piece for the Movement festival, and a bunch of new works for a related exhibit at the new 323East gallery in Detroit in May.

1xRun: Where can people find you?
Ron Zakrin: Website Facebook

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About the Artist

Location: Detroit, MI

"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.

Find out more @ http://www.ronzakrin.com