April 22, 2014 2:19:58 PM PDT

GABRIEL OROZCO JOINS THE THING


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Gabriel Orozco, Solvitur Boomerando, 2012, video still, courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

We are very excited to announce visual artist Gabriel Orozco as the newest contributor to our upcoming subscription cycle.  He will be working on issue 26, which will be released in the winter of 2015.  Anyone who subscribes starting today will begin with an issue by visual artist David Korty in May, followed by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, continue with visual artist and graphic designer Brian Roettinger, and end with Gabriel Orozco.  It doesn't get much better than this.

About Gabriel Orozco
Gabriel Orozco was born in Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. He was educated at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas between 1981 and 1984 and at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid between 1986 and 1987. Orozco gained his reputation in the early 1990s with his exploration of drawing, photography, sculpture and installation. His work has since been widely exhibited internationally. Most recent solo exhibitions have been held at the Guggenheim Museum, New York (2012), the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2013), the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2013) and the Moderna Museet, Sweden (2014). An important retrospective of the artist’s work traveled from the Museum of Modern Art, New York to the Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Tate Modern, London (2009-2011). Orozco has participated in the Venice Biennale three times and Documenta X and XI. He has received numerous awards, including the Seccio Espacios Alternativos prize at the Salon Nacional de Artes Plasticas in Mexico City (1987), a DAAD artist-in-residence grant in Berlin (1995), and the German Blue Orange prize (2006). An avid world traveler, Orozco, his wife Maria Gutierrez, and their son Simón, divide their time between Paris, New York and Mexico City.

More info on Orozco can be found here.

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April 1, 2014 3:47:13 PM PDT

NO AGE TAKES OVER THE THING

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Image by Brian Roettinger

NO AGE IS TAKING OVER THE THING

RE-IMAGINED AN OBJECT

We are extremely excited to welcome experimental punk band, No Age, to THE THING for our next installment of The Bookshelf Collection Series.  The two-piece will be making the trek up from LA to show ephemera from the making of their newest album, An Object, which was designed, printed, and manufactured by the band and their collaborator Brian Roettinger.  It's kind of like a punk rock version of a THING issue.

Also unbearably exciting: The band is re-imagining both the music and packaging of An Object right here in THE THING's Tenderloin space.  They'll be performing and recording the album for a live audience and then turning our space into a temporary production studio.  It's an inside look at album production from start to finish.  Here's how you can take part:

PERFORMANCE & EXHIBITION OPENING: FRIDAY APRIL 25TH, 8PM

SOLD OUT!

No Age will perform an intimate rendition of their recent album, An Object.  The performance will be recorded and cassette tapes will be manufactured and available for purchase the following day.

  • This event is SOLD OUT - but you can still join us on 4/26 (see below)
  • Limit: 60 people
  • Location: THE THING Quarterly:  447 O'Farrell St.  SF, CA 94102
  • Date/Time: Friday, April 25th, Doors at 8PM / Show from 8:30-9:30PM
  • Seating generously provided by Alite
  • Beer abundantly provided by Trumer Pils
  • Thanks to Hotel Rex for its generous support in accomodations

OPEN production studio: saturday april 26th, 11am-6pm

THE THING office will be temporarily transformed into No Age’s production studio. The band will be making cassette tapes of the previous night’s performance – from dubbing to packaging.  Tapes will be available to visitors as they are completed throughout the day.  Stop by, meet the band, help assemble some tapes, and buy your own. 

  • Free and open to the public
  • Location: THE THING Quarterly:  447 O'Farrell St.  SF, CA 94102
  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 26th, 11AM - 6PM
  • Coffee provided by Ritual Roasters
Make a day of it and see two amazing shows while you're in the neighborhood:  Henry Gunderson's +0-000-000-0000 at Evergold Gallery and Matt Lipps' The Populist Camera at Jessica Silverman Gallery

EXHIBITION ON VIEW THROUGH MAY 27th

About The Bookshelf Collection Series:  The series began a few years ago when Luke Bartels of Woodshop built some shelves for our office.  We liked them so much that we decided to use them mainly to put other people's collections on them.  Past collection contributors have included Dave Eggers, Jonathan Lethem, Nathan Lynch, Allison Smith, and Kronos Quartet.

NOT IN SAN FRANCISCO But want to partake?

We want everyone to be here all at once, but we know that's not always possible.  So in case you are far away or out of town those two days, here are some ways you can get in on the action:

  • Cassette tapes will be available via our website after April 26th
  • Small-run silkscreened posters by No Age and Brian Roettinger will also be for sale on our website.  Some will be signed.  
If you are a subscriber, you'll get first dibs on these items.  Stay tuned for more info.

 
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March 4, 2014 9:03:05 AM PST

John Baldessari issue 22 available now

 

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John Baldessari issue 22 is available now

You will never sleep the same again.

Issue 22 by John Baldessari is now available as a single back issue.   The issue has received some great press from Cool Hunting, Paper Magazine, The Scout, the World's Best Ever and Big Red and Shiny.  Here's what it is:

  • Two pillowcases designed by John Baldessari
  • a water-based silk screened image on each pillow (mirrored images)
  • 100% cotton sateen, 320 thread count (which means so soft you won't believe it!) 
  • 20x26 inches with a 6 inch envelope pocket
  • made in San Francisco
  • Suitable for all occasions where sleep might be involved
  • Field tested and can withstand constant sleep with an occasional pillow fight
 

2 ways to get issue 22

1)  Individual issue:  $90  

Mailed directly to your door via FedEx from the THE THING Quarterly's San Francisco headquarters in the Tenderloin.
  • Click here to order

2) Subscribe:  $240

Subscriber now and start with this issue by John Baldessari. 
In addition to receiving four surprise packages in the mail each year, subscribers receive:
    • The best deal on the new issues (i.e. subscribers will be getting Baldessari's issue for $60 as part of their subscription.  The issue is sold individually for $90)
    • 20% off all available back issues and some projects
    • 1st dibs on invitations to THING events (we have a couple of amazing ones coming up)
 
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January 28, 2014 11:51:13 AM PST

PRE-ORDER BALDESSARI ISSUE 22 + LA ART BOOK FAIR

 

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John Baldessari issue 22  + LA Art Book Fair

Hello subscribers and friends of THE THING.

We are going to LA next weekend for the most amazing book fair on the west coast, the LA ART BOOK FAIR, and we are bringing about 150 Issue 22s by John Baldessari with us.  It's not officially released just yet as it's still in production, but if you are in LA and you want to check it out and perhaps bring one home with you, come by our booth and say hello.  We will be there and say hello right back.  We will also have many of our past projects and back issues on hand. 

 

2 ways to get issue 22

1)  Pre-order:  $90  

Not a Subscriber?  Then you might want to pre-order
  • The issue will ship out Valentines day week
  • It's still a secret, but you can sleep on it 
  • it could improve your love life (not that it needs improving... just saying)
  • Click here to order the individual issue for $90

2) Subscribe:  $240

Subscribers and start with John Baldessari get four issues over the course of the next year:
In addition to receiving four surprise packages in the mail each year, subscribers receive:
  • The best deal on the new issues (i.e. subscribers will be getting Baldessari's issue for $60 as part of their subscription.  The issue will be sold individually for $90)
  • 20% off all available back issues and some projects
  • 1st dibs on invitations to THING events
  • Occasional gifts in the mail, like a copy of our recent project, Moment to Moment, created with Levi's Made & Crafted
 
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January 24, 2014 12:20:57 PM PST

Playlist: Listening Party with David Harrington

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Photo by Lenny Gonzalez

PLAYLIST:

LISTENING PARTY WITH DAVID HARRINGTON


Last Monday, THE THING hosted an incredible listening party with David Harrington, founder and artistic director of Kronos Quartet.  It included tracks from the vast personal music collection he's built over the last 4 decades of world tours with Kronos, including music gifted to him by a cab driver and an amazing rendition of "House of the Rising Sun" by the Everly Brothers.  Here is the complete playlist:

1. Tucker Martine: "Morning Fanfare", Brokenhearted Dragonflies: Insect Electronica from Southeast Asia [Sublime Frequencies]

2.  Eckart Rahn: "Pachinko in your head: Non linear music" [Blue Rahn Studio]

3.  Artist unknown: "Tohuoku Earthquake Tsunami" (Found audio)

4.  Team of Jeremy Roht: (No title), Animal Music/Tiermusik [Suppose]

5.  Colin Stetson and Mats Gustafsson: "Stones That Rest Heavily", Stones [Rune Grammofon]

6.  The Lileh Choir of Dmanisi, Georgia: "Zari Ritual Lamentation" (Traditional), Dancing With The Dead: The Music of Global Death Rites [Ellipsis Arts]

7.  Monks from the Kovilj Monastery in Serbia: "A Righteous Man Shall Be in Everlasting Remembrance", field recording by Aleksandra Vrebalov [unreleased]

8.  Ritva Koistinen: "Pari Intervallo" (Arvo Pärt), The Tradition of Kantele Vol 3: The New Era [Finlandia Records]

9.  Kronos Quartet: "Drones" (David Harrington), Dirty Wars Soundtrack [unreleased]

10.  Triakel: "Tusen Tankar" (Traditional), Triakel [NorthSide]

11.  Kronos Quartet: "Tusen Tankar" (Traditional), Tusen Tankar single [Kronos Records]

12.  Kronos Quartet: "Contrapunctus II" (J.S. Bach) [unreleased]

13.  Moses Williams: "Rolling and Tumbling", Drop On Down in Florida: Field Recordings of African American Traditional Music 1977-1980 [Dust-to-Digital]

14.  Kalamas Quartet: "He Manao Healoha", Early Hawaiian Classics 1927-1932 [Arhoolie Records]

15. Sväng: "Humppa Skitsofrenia", Schladtzshe! [Aito Records]

16.  Zabelle Panosian: "Groung" (Komitas Vadarpet), To What Strange Place: The Music of
the Ottoman-American Diaspora, 1916-1946
[Tompkins Square]

17.  Hailu Mergia: "Shemonmuanaye", Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instruments: Shemonmuanaye [Awesome Tapes from Africa]

18.  Mahalia Jackson: "God Shall Wipe All Tears Away", Complete Mahalia Jackson: Intégrale
Vol. 1: 1937-1946
[Frémeaux & Associés]

19.  Kronos Quartet and Trio Da Kali: "God Shall Wipe All Tears Away [unreleased]

20.  Koto Vortex: "White Man Sleeps" (Kevin Volans), Koto Vortex 2: Arcadia [Paradise Music]

21.  Conrad Schnitzler: "Electrocon", Electrocon [Captain Trip Records]

22.  Boikutt: "Al Nateq Al Rasmi (Interlude)", Hayawan Nateq [boikutt.bandcamp.com]

23.  Everly Brothers: "House of the Rising Sun", Hit Sounds of the Everly Brothers [Collector's Choice]

24.  King Krule: "Easy Easy", 6 Feet Beneath the Moon [True Panther Sounds]

25.  Douglas Quinn: "Weddell Seals (Mothers and Pups)", Antarctica [Miramar]

Listening Session with David Harrington is part of Kronos: Under 30 / #5 World Premiere, a series of four concerts February 6 – 9, 2014 at Z Space in San Francisco. The performances feature the world premiere of Mary Kouyoumdjian’s Bombs of Beirut, works by Bryce Dessner of The National (Feb 6-7), Laurie Anderson (Feb 8-9), Terry Riley (Feb 8-9), and more. Learn more & purchase tickets here.

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Kronos at 40: instruments from the collection

Opening reception & Listening party with david harrington:  Monday Jan 13th, 6:30-8:30PM

Hello, friends.  To start the year off in our new office, we invited Kronos Quartet to bring some instruments from their collection.  It conisists mostly of non-conventional musical instruments gathered from around the world over their many travels.  And they are amazing. Spoiler Alert:  a stuffed hamster toy sings, "I want to be a cowboy."  David Harrington, founder and artistic director of Kronos, will be on hand to run a listening party and play some of the instruments on Monday, Jan 13th.  He'll share picks from the vast personal music collection he's built over the last 4 decades of world tours with Kronos.  Past listening sessions have included the sounds of sled dogs in the Arctic, unreleased Kronos tracks, a stylophone demo, and more.

The Bookshelf Collection Series began a few years ago when Luke Bartels of Woodshop built some shelves for our office.  We liked them so much that we decided to use them mainly to put other people's collections on them.  Past collection contributors have included Dave Eggers, Jonathan Lethem, Nathan Lynch, and Allison Smith.

Come down to visit, check out our new space, and see the instruments from the collection. 

Here are the details:

    • Location:       THE THING Quarterly is at 447 O'Farrell Street, SF, CA 94102
    • Hours:           11:00-5:00 Monday-Friday
    • Reception:     Monday, Jan 13th, 6:30-8:30 (Listening Party begins at 7PM)
    • RSVP for the Listening Party here:  associate_editor@thethingquarterly.com
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Will Rogan, Jonn Herschend, Matt Singer, Sarah Simon   photo by Lenny Gonzalez

gifts and gløgg this Saturday 12-3PM.  it's for real

Will you be shopping for your family and friends this Saturday in the Tenderloin district of SF?
Do you like to drink specific holiday beverages (be honest)?

If you would like to know the answers to these questions, stop by our new office at 447 O'Farrell. 
We will be serving Gløgg and wrapping gifts in wrapping paper designed by David Korty.

This will be your last opportunity to walk away with one of our holiday specials (see below)

Location:  THE THING Quarterly Office 447 O'Farrell Street,  San Francisco
Date:  Saturday, December 21st
Time:  Noon-3:00 PM
What will be there:  Projects and back issues by:

 

And also this:  

Give the thing quarterly right up to the day of the 25th  NOt a problem!

the thoughtful last second Gift: $220
1 YEAR SUBSCRIPTION

Order any time between now and the 25th.  We have a fine Holiday card that you can download and print (or make your own).  First issue by John Baldessari arrives in February.  Here's what happens:

  • One year of THE THING: Issues by Baldessari, Korty, Rodarte, Roettinger
  • Download a printable holiday card created by a Gløgg fueled THING staff.  Amazing!
  • Wait all the way up till Christmas day to order, (if you feel like it)
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