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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“All Art Is Religious Art”

56. ALL ART IS RELIGIOUS ART. [Just added the following to "The Art Of Not Sucking" etc.] Long before I acqui­red even the fain­test inte­rest in modern art, I was down visi­ting my dad in Hous­ton, han­ging out with a college buddy, Andrew. We were both about twenty at the time. Loo­king for something to do, […]

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Pope

[buy print here...] So the Pope decided to resign today… I guess that’s not too surprising, even if a Pope hasn’t done it in 600 years. He was a very old man in ailing health, after all… I’m not Catholic, so I have no idea what this means for the Church as a whole. All […]

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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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“All Art Is Religious Art”

[The Rothko Chapel, photo courtesy of Arch Daily] Long before I acquired even the faintest interest in modern art, I was down visiting my dad in Houston, hanging out with a college buddy, Andrew. We were both about twenty at the time. Looking for something to do, Andrew suggested we should go see the Rothko […]

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The gapingvoid Mayan Apocalypse T-shirt

To celebrate the Mayan Apocalypse (or lack thereof), we’re doing this fun little crowdfunded t-shirt over on Teespring. You can support the project anytime in the next 7 days. After that, no Mayan Apocalypse t-shirt for you! [Disclaimer: gapingvoid assumes no responsibility for the world ending on December 21st. Just in case you were thinking […]

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Loss Longing Religion Ambition

“what is possible?”

What is possible? Well… I draw cartoons. And you do your thing… All are prayer to the same god, are they not? The trick is, of course, in teaching yourself how to see it as prayer, and not as meaningless toil. Godspeed.

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“object-idea”: is your product a talisman?

One evening Father Steven, the elderly priest who baptized more than one of my nephews and nieces, came over to my mother’s house for dinner. I was there, too. Father Steven is a lovely guy. Deeply spiritual and very smart. Very learned in theology and the history of the Roman Catholic Church, though not Catholic […]

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remember yourself

["Love Without Harmony". Part of The "Love" Series etc.] [Today's guest post comes from Mark McGuinness.] Remember Yourself “Remember yourself always and everywhere.” These words were inscribed on the walls of the study house of the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man at the Château Le Prieuré, Fontainebleau-Avon, the home of the esoteric teacher […]

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