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RUN #00235s
Ron Zakrin - Vectorscape C
Ron Zakrin
Vectorscape C
Part of Still Life Drum Machine Original Paintings   View Entire Series
Edition Size:   1
10.25 x 17.5 x .25 Inches Acrylic Painting On Wood Panel
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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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Ron Zakrin Pays Homage To Detroit Techno

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 that 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! For his latest RUN 808, Ron has brought us a selection from his upcoming exhibition Still Life With Drum Machine. The solo show is Ron’s homage to Detroit techno and the gear that makes it RUN.  Read on to check out the Exclusive 1xRun Thru Interview with Ron and some of see his latest paint cans below or simply check them all at 1xRun.com

1xRun Thru Interview

808 by Ron Zakrin

1xRun: When was the piece drawn/created?

Ron Zakrin:  I worked on it beginning in 2011 and revisited it in April of this year.

1xRun: Anything immediate you would like us to highlight?

Ron Zakrin:  Not really.

1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?

Ron Zakrin:  I was working with a firm hired by Scion 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 Jesse to suggest the idea of doing a show on the theme, which led to the Still Life with Drum Machine exhibit at 323.

1xRun: How long did the piece take?

Ron Zakrin:   I would guess I put 8 – 12 hours total into it, but it was off and on, not a straight session.

1xRun: What is unique about this piece?

Ron Zakrin:   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.

1xRun: Why should people buy this print?          

Ron Zakrin:  This print makes bringing an 808 home affordable, and it will never need to be serviced by a technician. 

1xRun: Describe the piece/print in one gut reaction word.

Ron Zakrin:  Raw.

Run #00260 // 808 by Ron Zakrin // Jun 26, 2012 – Jul 02, 2012

1xRun: So when did you first start making art?

Ron Zakrin: long ago.

1xRun: What was your first piece?

Ron Zakrin: My first real piece of art was when I took a hot knife to a transformer named Sunscream, and cut off his face. Then I cut the face off of a G.I. Joe doll named sabateur (sic) and glued the transformer face onto it’s head. It was perfect. I loved that doll. One day me and my nephew were skipping school and built a fort out of a refrigerator box behind an ABC Wharehouse, where we could see the idiots who actually went to school walking back home. So we were playing with our transformers and stuff and not looking out for peeps coming home from school. We were surprised by my (kind of) girlfriend and her sister and we tried to hide our dolls. My doll fell out of my coat and the girls laughed at us for still playing with dolls. My nephew picked up my masterpiece and threw it as far as he could, proclaiming: we don’t play with stupid dolls! I never found it. That was my first piece of art.

1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?

Ron Zakrin: Very early on I was inspired by Bob Ross, 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: Too many to name.

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?

Ron Zakrin: I am always down to work with my friend Mark Heggie, because we go way back and get along. We had our first studio together back in the early mid 90′s and the energy was slamming. To get just a fraction of that energy would be reason enough. Other than that, I’m a bit of a loner, and I became an artist because I don’t like compromise. I was going to school to become a commercial artist but once I realized that I would have make big compromises to please the client I was like, fuck that.

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?

Ron Zakrin: I would work with Basquiat, if I could go back to 1981. That era was EPIC! Painting in New York, punk is new, new wave is new, hip hop is new, painting is real again, yeah, I’d go back there if I had a time machine. Party and paint with Jean, punch Warhol in the face, challenge Julian Schnabel to a duel. Do a backspin and call it a day.

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: I have done a few trades with other artists over the years.

1xRun: What else do you have currently in the works?

Ron Zakrin: I’m in the upcoming G40 exhibit in D.C. put on by Art Whino in April. I am working on my next solo show at 323 East in May called Still Life with Drum Machine. The exhibit will showcase imagery inspired by and taken from my experiences and influences in the world of electronic music, dance culture, synthesizer worship and drum machine blow out.

1xRun: Where can people find you across the internette?

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