Visit the “Hughseum” at The Lab Miami

If you’re ever in Miami and want to check out my work in action, probably the best place to start is over at The Lab, Miami’s hippest co-working space, where we have a permanent installation of about 50 pieces or so. It’s also where we had our show at Art Basel Miami a month ago. […]

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Merry Christmas!

Something to think about in the New Year: I was always searching for something, some sort of higher truth or state of being that always seemed to be evading me. And that’s why I started drawing so ferociously all those years ago. I thought it would lead me to the place I was searching for. […]

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Do people really want to be “Everyone”?

It always excites me to see someone trying to shake up the art industry, so I was sad to learn about Jen Bekman’s fine art retail site, “20×200” suspending operations. Though I didn’t know the people personally, I’d been rooting for them. It seemed like a neat idea, and I loved the name. So why […]

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Make Every Work Of Art Like It’s Your Last.

“Live each day as if it were your last,  for one day it will be.” Though Marcus Aurelius’ Third-Century advice sounds terrific, it’s probably the hardest piece of advice in the world to follow. In Robert Altman’s 1992 movie, “The Player”, David Kahane, an unsuccessful screenwriter is randomly murdered. At his funeral, his friend Phil […]

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“The New Certainties”: Minimalism, Motivational Speakers & Looking For New Stuff To Believe In etc.

[The “Hughtrain” cartoon, 2004] I’ve been seeing a pattern emerging. Here are some of the main ingredients: 1. That Marfa, Texas, one of the great Minimalist shrines in America is now a popular hipster destination spot. 2. One of my my favorite movies of recent years, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which I’ve been raving about for […]

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A Message For The Next Generation:

[Note to young, creative types, just leaving college: I wrote this post just for you.], It’s a very sad and poignant story that’s already been all over the Internet… A British advertising veteran, Linds Redding, a guy not much older than me, gets terminally ill. Shortly before the poor man dies, he writes a long, […]

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Frivolous Complexity

Aaaargh. Don’t get me started on complexity; don’t get me started on “Stuff”. Everybody wants to be successful. The bad news is, we are trained by society to associate success with “Stuff”. Not just in the material sense (fancy cars, big houses, trophy wives, expensive mistresses, hot tubs, designer furniture, designer clothing, designer kitchens with […]

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Print is the new Artisanal

It happened again: More mass layoffs as the illustrious old magazine, Newsweek discontinues its print edition. And the blogosphere rings out with with the usual “What will become of print” questions, yada, yada, yada. I know exactly what’s going to happen to print; the same thing that happened to horses once the automobile came along. […]

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Please Give To The American Red Cross. #Sandy

[PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DONATE HERE. THANK YOU.] As you all know, gapingvoid’s New York connections run deep. So of course, we wanted to help make a difference in the utterly horrifying wake of Hurricane Sandy… We made a video to help out the American Red Cross, a truly amazing organization, that YEAH, needs our help. […]

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Hugh MacLeod is a genius.  Genius.

Seth Godin
Best Selling Author

His work acknowledges the absurdity of workaday life, while also encouraging employees to respond with passion, creativity, and non-conformity...   MacLeod’s work is undeniably an improvement over the office schlock of yore. At its best, it’s more honest, and more cognizant of the entrepreneurial psyche, while still retaining some idealism.

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