Mad Respect: Gordon Hull
The term “renaissance man” is misused way too often in this city of dreams. New York-based artist/director Gordon Hull, however, is the reason the word was created. Originally a co-founder of the Surface to Air collective, his entertaining website indicates a myriad of skill sets under the title of his solo work for brands, jokingly listed as “full guru services.” Clients and collaborators — including Tory Burch, Adidas, Anthropologie, and The New York Times — have all called upon the sensei as well.
Currently, Gordon serves as Senior Director, Content Creative Director at Ralph Lauren, and just completed a collaboration with Saturdays Surf (out next year). Did we mention he makes brilliant little films and fine art, too? We asked Gordon about his summer coming up, and what he’s got in the cooker. Aside from tinkering with a new script, he adds: “I dunno, always up to some craziness.”
Jauretsi: What is your manifesto for life?
Gordon Hull: Really, I have two that I go by all the time. They go hand-in-hand with each other. In fact, they are both manifestos and mantras. The first one I use all the time is something that I developed for Surface to Air: “Accept the mystery.” So much of this life is shrouded in questions of “why.” You can get so caught up in it all. I rather choose to accept the mystery and go with it. Keeping it magic. Like electricity or aurora borealis. Speaking of those things, my second mantra is “Everything is totally possible,” because basically if you can believe in electricity then I think anything is possible. Check out lightning. It’s bananas.
J: What are your top three searched-for eBay items?
GH: The top three eBay items for me are always (until I find them): 1) A vintage Ralph Lauren tweed patchwork sport coat, 2) Hindustan Ambassador classic car, and 3) Yves Klein gold leaf table.
J: What songs will you be listening to this summer?
GH: Songs I’ll be listening to with the windows down:
“Robber Dub” by the Clash
“Onwu ama Dike” by St Augustine and His Rovers Dance Band
“Don’t Touch Me” by Busta Rhymes
“Fall in Love” by Bitty McLean
“Shakin’ all Over” by Johnny Kidd and The Pirates
“Close” by Hackman
(Photo: Courtesy of Gordon Hull)