November 11, 2014 11:15:21 AM PST

Introducing The Deskscape

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Deskscape after Saul Steinberg (photo by Daniel Dent).
 
THE DESKSCAPE AS BALLAST

We at THE THING are all about slowing down for The holidays.  In Northern California, the light goes sideways and the temperature hovers at around 58F.  The mornings are perfect for sitting at your desk and looking out the window before you construct the ideal holiday card for your sister who just moved to Texas.  Later on, in the evening, there will be plenty of distractions, including the promise of oysters and Anchor Beer.  But for now it's slow and quiet and your desk is the heart of everything.  It's your ballast.  You've got your journal, your water colors, your coffee, and a rock given to you by your best friend during a drive down the Baja coast in 1996.  Everything is perfect and waiting. 


 
5 Things to Gift
1 Year Subscription     The Perfect Cup by Nathan Lynch
1.  A subscription to THE THING                                     2.  The Perfect Cup by Nathan Lynch
   
Issue 22 - John Baldessari     Issue 23 - David Korty
3.  Pillowcases by John Baldessari                                 4.  Ceramic dice by David Korty  

The Thing The Book     Cards by Tucker Nichols
5.  THE THING THE BOOK                                                6.  Holiday cards by Tucker Nichols

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November 5, 2014 11:45:31 AM PST

New Subscription Rate Nov. 9th

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Friends, our subscription rates increase next week!

STARTING NOV. 9TH  $300 FLAT RATE (INCLUDES DOMESTIC SHIPPING)

IF EVER YOU CONSIDERED JOINING THE THING... NOW IS A GREAT TIME, PARTICULARLY WHILE IT'S STILL $240



(also, it won't be so bad when the rates do increase.  We're doing it so we can make it one price and not surprise everyone with shipping prices ... although Canada and World, there will be a slight shipping rate increase for you guys, but it's not that bad + we also like Canada and World).


 
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November 4, 2014 10:51:15 AM PST

Fulford & Shopsin join THE THING

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Fulford/Shopsin join the thing

We are very pleased to announce that the visual artists/publishers/photographer/graphic designer combo of Jason Fulford & Tamara Shopsin will be joining THE THING Quarterly for issue 28, which will be available fall of 2015. We have been huge fans of their work for some time and are out of our minds that we will soon be working with them on an issue for you.  

Jason Fulford is a photographer and co-founder of J&L Books. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and a contribution editor at Blind Spot. His pictures have been described as open metaphors, and featured in Harper’s, the New York Time Magazine, and on book jackets for Don Delillo, Bertrand Russell, Jorge Luis Borges, Terry Eagleton, Ernest Hemingway and Richard Ford. He is a frequent lecturer at universities.

Tamara Shopsin is a graphic designer and illustrator whose work has been featured in The New York Times, Good, Time, Wired, and Newsweek. She is the author of the memoir Mumbai, New York, Scranton, designer of the 5 Year Diary, and co-author with Jason Fulford of the children’s book This Equals That (2014). She is also a cook at her family’s restaurant in New York.



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                                               - issue 25 - Visual artist and graphic designer Brian Roettinger

                                               - issue 26 - Visual artist Gabriel Orozco

                                               - issue 27 - Visual artist and writer/curator  Michelle Grabner

                                               - issue 28 - Artists & collaborators Jason Fulford & Tamara Shopsin


 
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October 28, 2014 12:33:30 PM PDT

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE KARAOKE KICKED IN

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WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE KARAOKE KICKED IN


Thanks to everyone who made it out to last Thursday's signing and singing for THE THING Quarterly's THE THING THE BOOK.  Big thanks to our  Karaoke host George Chen (pound for pound the most charming host in town), our Jell-O shot contributor Brion Nuda Rosch, our co-host Chronicle Books, our SF book contributors who made it out to sign the book: Kota Ezawa, Tucker Nichols, Gwen Allen, Anthony Discenza, and MacFadden & Thorpe, and (of course) all those who came and sang their hearts out. 

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 all images by Lenny Gonzalez  

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October 15, 2014 10:50:27 AM PDT

A CONTEST FOR YOU TO WIN

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SOMETHING FOR YOU TO WIN


THE THING Quarterly has teamed up with InsideHook and Daily Secret to take you on a trip from SF - LA for the LA ART BOOK FAIR in late January.  Included in all of this: a private flight for two on Surf Air, a two night stay at the Ace Hotel Downtown LA, an invite to the Brian Roettinger Issue 25 rooftop launch party + a one year subscripition to THE THING QuarterlyDon't Dilly Dally.
 
 

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SINGING & SIGNING PARTY IN SF

To celebrate the SF public launch of THE THING THE BOOK, we invite you to come out to get a book signed and hear your favorite contributor sing a song...or perhaps your favorite contributor might get to hear you sing a song.  Karaoke will be hosted by the incomparable George Chen.  Jello Shots will be prepared by the incomprehensible Brion Nuda Rosch.  Ambiance and lighting will inconceivablly be created by Bonanza.  On hand to sign the book:  MacFadden & Thorpe, Kota Ezawa, Anthony Discenza (it's his birthday that night), Tucker Nichols, and Gwen Allen.   Jonn will try his luck at singing anything by John Couger Melloncamp.  All in all, you will not be sad! 

HOW CAN THIS  HAPPEN?


- WHEN -
THURSDAY, OCT. 23,  6-8:30PM  (Signing: 6-7PM / Singing: the whole time)


- WHERE - THE THING Quarterly HQ:  447 O'Farrell Street, SF, CA

- SIGNING - MacFadden & Thorpe, Kota Ezawa, Anthony Discenza, Tucker Nichols, and Gwen Allen

- SINGING - Karaoke, with your host George Chen 

- JELLO SHOTS -  by Brion Nuda Rosch

- AMBIANCE & LIGHTING - by Bonanza

- HOSTED BY - Chronicle Books & THE THING Quarterly

This event is 100% free and open to the public.

 

 
 

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October 3, 2014 2:24:55 PM PDT

REPORT FROM NEW YORK - OUR TOP PICKS AT THE NYABF

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OUR TOP PICKS AT THE NYABF

One of the things we like best about the New York Art Book Fair is the reminder that we are part of an amazing community of artists, writers, and publishers producing an insane amount of incredible work.  In an effort to acknowledge just a few of these projects, we hereby present our top five picks at the fair, in no particular order.

 
 
1. Our friends at Colpa Press hauled a Riso printer to PS1 to make the New York edition of their series The Riso Book while in "residence" at the fair.  The series standardizes the conditions of production underlying artist publications and presents the book as exhibition.  It also serves as a geographic survey of contemporary artists across several cites.  Previous versions have been made in Los Angeles, Marfa, Portland, and San Francisco (which includes a section by THE THING's Co-Editor and Founder Will Rogan).  High five, guys!

2.  No surprise here, but we loved every single thing at Tauba Auerbach's Diagonal Press table, including a chain mail book consisting of images of different chain mail weaves.  Instead of being printed with black dots, the images are rendered with white rings similar to the ring mesh in chain mail.  Also, her "line treatment" pins are the bomb.

3.B-B-B-Books, out of Stockholm, had several beautiful and complicated (in the best way) photography books.  Here is what they say about one of our favorite books titled A BeachLike pebbles on the sea-shore, a reminder that time can turn mountains into sand, our memories are polished, eroded and transformed in our minds until we can no longer be sure if they bear any semblance to what they once were.  A Beach is an exploration of the erosion of history.  A History, so dangerous, that its elimination has become physical.

4.  We saw an amazing deconstructed Snoopy T-shirt by
Ken Kagami at The Song Cave booth.  All of Snoopy's facial features disembodied and suspended in mid-air?  Yes, please. 

5.  Another artist working with the Risograph, Sigrid Calon makes risoprints that explore geometries through 2- and 3-color printing.  Her book, TO THE EXTEND OF / \ | & -, takes the embroidery grid as a starting point. The possible stitches on a 3x3 dot grid are translated into lines and colour fields in the computer, and through various combinations result in a myriad of patterns.  Truly spectacular!
 

 

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