Sound and Vision


Rob Mazurek  has  been  reshaping  modern  music's  cutting  edge  for  the  past  three  decades.  He  is  co-leader  (with Chad Taylor)  of  the  Chicago  Underground  collective,  and  director  of  Exploding  Star  Orchestra.  His  compositions utilize traditional,  graphic  and  electro-acoustic  techniques  and  strategies,  which  have  consistently  pushed  the  limits of modern music.  A  recent  All  About  Jazz  review  remarks  “Rob  Mazurek  has  spent  years  exploring  less  tangible  parts of the universe,  seldom  seen—or  heard—by  others.  In  the  process  he  has  laid  claim  to  a  space  of  his  own.”  



Rob Mazurek is a multidisciplinary artist focusing on the projection of resonant structures that have the capacity to shape various perceptions of feeling. His works often deal with obscured architectures. He currently lives and works in Marfa, TX.

Mazurek is a multidisciplinary artist whose work defies simple categorization. He has exhibited his painting, print, sculpture, film, video, and sound installations internationally since 2002. His multi-media projects have been supported by major arts institutions including: Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud (Fontevraud, France), Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Foundation (Chicago, IL), New Music USA (New York, NY), and the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation (New York, NY), among others. His work has been featured in The Wire (UK), The New York TimesLos Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Glasstire, and Chromatic: The Crossroads of Color and Music.

Mazurek has maintained a serious visual arts practice for three decades. He is also a respected figure in the international creative music and avant-jazz scenes. His Exploding Star Orchestra will open the 2018 Berlin Jazz Festival. His expansive vision and vast catalog of over 400 compositions and 65 recordings have kept him reshaping modern music's cutting edge. His multidisciplinary work is prolific, focused, expansive, and evocative.

In 2018, Harmonipan (Mexico City, Mexico) released a limited edition art book of Mazurek’s October 2015 through January 2016 solo show, Marfa Loops Shouts and Hollers, presented by Marfa Book Company. The book documents the exhibition of 39 original paintings and objects. It also includes 70 minutes of audio on 25 tracks composed by the artist. It features essays by John Corbett, Tiago Mesquita, and Tim Johnson.

In August 2018, Mazurek premiered, Desert Encrypts, a new suite of compositions for quartet based on graphic, sculptural and notated scores. His 2017 solo show, Constellation Scores, at URDLA Centre International Estampe & Livre (France) was featured by the 14th Biennale de Lyon's FOCUS series. In 2016, Mazurek was awarded a grant from Chicago’s Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts for a film, The Farnsworth Scores, shot in collaboration with Lee Anne Schmitt at Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Farnsworth House.



Desert Encrypts - Multimedia Performance, Graphic Scores and Sculpture - Marfa Book Company - Marfa, TX


Constellation Scores - Lithography - Art Fair - Galeristes Carreau du Temple - Paris, France
Constellation Scores - Lithography, Collage, Painting and Sound - Solo Show - URDLA - Villeurbanne, France Psychotropic Electric Eel Dream IV - Sound Installation - Lincoln Park Conservatory - Chicago, IL
The Shaping Light - Neon, Painting and Sculpture - Solo Show - Audible Gallery - Chicago, IL
The Farnsworth Scores - Film Premiere - Film Festival - CineMarfa - Marfa, TX
Constellation Scores - Lithography - Group Show - IX International Engraving Exhibition - Cremona, Italy Constellation Scores - Lithography - Group Show - Contexts International Festival of Ephemeral Art - Sokolowsko, Poland


Psychotropic Electric Eel Dream III - Multimedia Performance and Sound Installation - Novas Frequências - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Marfa Loops Shouts and Hollers - Painting and Sculpture - Solo Show - Marfa Book Company - Marfa, TX Chromo 5 - Film - Film Festival - Cankarjev Dom - Ljubljana, Slovenia


Constellation Scores & Matter/Anti-Matter - Lithography - Group Show - Galleria Logo - São Paulo, Brazil


Constellation Scores & Matter/Anti-Matter - Painting and Lithography -Solo Show - URDLA - Villeurbanne, France


Matter/Anti-Matter - Group Show - Galleria Coletivo - São Paulo, Brazil


The White Paintings - Painting and Film - Solo Show - Galleria Coletivo - São Paulo, Brazil Resonance - Painting - Solo Show - Espacio Cultural El Tanque - Tenerife, Spain


Sound Light 1 - Multimedia Performance - La Grande Fabrique - Dieppe, France


Chronolight Multiple Film Installation - Le Consortium - Dijon, France
Rothko Scores - Permanent Installation of Paintings - Rothko Chapel Offices - Houston, TX


Chronolight Painting and Film - Solo Show - Espace Multimédia Gantner - Bourogne, France Chromatic - Painting, Film and Lightbox - Solo Show - Dank Museum - Chicago, IL


Abstractions on Robert D’Arbrissel - Painting and Film - Solo Show - Abbaye Royal de Fontevraud - Fontevraud, France
Bike Migration & Electric Eels - Film, Painting and Sound Installation -Traveling Group Show - Protocole Troll - Paris, France; Helsinki, Finland; Barcelona, Spain; Rome, Italy; Copenhagen, Denmark; Brussel, Belgium; Palermo, Italy, and Toronto, Canada


Red, Yellow, Green - Digital Prints and Painting - Group Show - Carrie Secrist Gallery - Chicago, IL