VIDEO & INSTALLATION ART
Ron Mason Gassaway is a composer and live performer (The Yellow Wallpaper, Masonique, Party Killer) with a penchant for video and installation art (ATA, Taipei Biennial, PLACE) not to mention art direction and design (Adidas, Intel, Dark Horse Comics). Forever creating and collaborating, he resides in Portland, Oregon with his feline co-pilot Fox.
He is a founding member of the provocative improvisational group Party Killer, whose self titled album was praised as “colossal” by Julian Cope. He is also a founding member of the dance music ensemble Muscle Beach, which contributed a track to the "Let It Rain” album release, a celebration of Oregon music curated by PDX Pop Now and the Oregon Historical Society.
His solo endeavor “Masonique” has evolved into a powerful trio, fusing the hypnotic explorations of krautrock with the synthetic melodies of synthpop and the seductive swagger of glam. Imagine a Scorsese directed prize fight between the heady pomp of Roxy Music and the savage dub of PiL, with Gary Numan as the announcer and John Peel as the referee.
As a composer he has written and produced compositions for a variety of film and theatre directors, writers and companies, including Grace Carter, Holly Andres, Sue Mach, Philip Cuomo, Karl Lind, Defunkt Theatre and Coho Theatre Productions, where he produced the score and sound design for The Yellow Wallpaper, which opened to critical acclaim in Portland in 2015. He has also produced commercial compositions for a wide variety of clients, including Pragati Leadership and Jaguar Land Rover.
As a visual artist specializing in video and installation art, Ron has exhibited work at a variety of galleries, museums and events, such as the Artists' Television Access, PLACE, the Portland Art Museum, the Taipei Biennial, EFFPortland, the NW Film Forum, Nofest and the PDX Film Festival. His video work has also been archived in the American University Shorts Filmography Collection.
As a commercial artist Ron has contributed art direction, illustration and design to local businesses, non-profit organizations and international corporations such as Adidas, Nike, Dark Horse Comics, U.S. Bank, Intel, Microsoft, Adobe Systems, the Children’s Television Workshop, and Tower Records, where he began his music and artistic career as a store artist for the legendary chain, helping to coordinate and promote in-stores for Devo, Adam Ant, Arrested Development and others.