SATURDAY 8.15 AT THE THING
 
 

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION:
In this presentation, Cactus Store's Christian Cummings explores the history and science behind the Copiapoa, a remarkable fog dwelling cacti that has thrived in the most arid habitat on Earth––the Atacama Desert.  Beginning in 1571 these plants received no rain for 400 years, relying solely on a unique coastal fog phenomenon known as "The Camanchaca" to survive.

What lessons might we learn from this most adapted yet most delicate organism? Attempting to unravel the paradox of a plant living halfway between what it is and what it isn't, we step into the impenetrable fog of conjecture to confront the Camanchaca.

*At the conclusion of the presentation, a limited number of mature Copiapoa will be available for adoption.

ABOUT CACTUS STORE LA:
Cactus Store is a Los Angeles based shack that specializes in rare and bizarre varieties of cactus from around the world.  It is co-owned by members of Help.Ltd, a group of artists and designers who share a common interest in uncommon plants, and legendary nurseryman John Morera.  

ABOUT CHRISTIAN HERMAN CUMMINGS:
Cummings is an artist, cactus collector, and Cactus Store member that lives and works in L.A.  More info:  christiancummingsart.com

 

MORE DETAILS:
  • DATE:  SATURDAY, AUG 15TH 
  • TIME:  5PM PRESENTATION followed by cocktails and plant specimen sale
  • PLACE:  TTQ HQ - 447 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco
  • TICKETS:  $5 ticket includes adult beverage
  • SUBSCRIBER SPECIAL:  10 free tickets to TTQ subscribers (email support@thethingquarterly.com for more info)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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August 3, 2015 3:14:27 PM PDT

FEEL THE MAGIC: AURA SCARF by MICHELLE BLADE

 

 

FEEL THE MAGIC
AURA SCARF by MICHELLE BLADE
 
Photo credit: Anna Alexia Basile

THE THING is very excited to announce that magic has been made with visual artist Michelle Blade. Based on colors and textures found in aura photography, Michelle's aura scarf represents the field of energy that is said to emanate from all living things. Printed on 100% silk, it is also 100% accurate because it allows its wearer to choose (channel?) the colors of their choice.

Choose the red corner for vitality and courageousness, green for healing, yellow for inspiration and optimism, or indigo to connect to the paranormal or ESP!

MORE INFO:
  • 100% Silk
  • 36 x 36 inches
  • Includes booklet with color guide and fold-out poster by Michelle
  • Made in San Francisco
  • Pre-order before August 11th and get 20% off
  • Please note: this item ships the first week of September
 
 
A t-shirt / camera obscura.  Put the moon on yourself!
A monument to the book as object.  Get it and put it to use.
Issues by Gabriel Orozco, Michelle Grabner, Jason Fulford & Tamara Shopsin, and Ricky Swallow.
 
 
 
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INTRODUCING PATRICK KILLORAN: INSIGHT
 
 

THE THING is very excited to begin production on Patrick Killoran’s unlimited edition, Insight.  Through a slight modification by the wearer, this t-shirt also functions as a Camera Obscura, with a small built-in hole acting as a lens.  Now available through THE THING!

HOW TO USE THIS SHIRT:
Pull the neck out, point the hole towards a source of light, and the image should project onto your body. With practice, you should find windows, light bulbs, and candles all over yourself! The closer you are, the larger the image, and so the moon will always be a blue dot on your belly.


ABOUT THE THING'S T-SHIRT SERIES:
Our T-Shirt Series commissions artist-designed shirts two to three times per year. Production runs are often based on demand during pre-sales, which are announced online and via our newsletters.

 
 
 

 
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June 11, 2015 3:42:44 PM PDT

Sale: Dad needs something to throw

 
 
 
FATHER'S DAY SPECIAL:
ONE YEAR OF THE THING

give the gift that keeps returning
(if you throw it right)
 
  

Hello fans of fathers,

For those of you still working through the ideal gift for DAD, might we suggest a subscription to THE THING, starting with Gabriel Orozco's issue 26... a boomerang! What dad can resist throwing something through the air only to have it return?  None of them can (and we know because two of us here at THE THING are dads).  It's just part of being a dad.

We dads love to throw things outside.  And if we can throw something that comes back to us each time, it's like playing fetch with ourselves.  And then if that item that we are throwing happens to be designed by an internationally acclaimed artist who also happens to be a dad, who also happens to LOVE Boomerangs... then it's a major coup.


 

GIVE YOUR DAD ONE YEAR OF THE THING: $280 (normally $300)

+ USE PROMO CODE:  FATHER DAY
+
GIVE HIM:
+
FOUR ISSUES STARTING WITH GABRIEL OROZCO AND CONTINUING WITH MICHELLE GRABNER, JASON FULFORD + TAMARA SHOPSIN, AND RICKY SWALLOW
+
20% OFF BACK ISSUES AND PROJECTS
+ 1ST IN LINE FOR THING EVENTS AND PROJECTS
+
FOUR ISSUES STARTING WITH GABRIEL OROZCO AND CONTINUING WITH MICHELLE GRABNER, JASON FULFORD + TAMARA SHOPSIN, AND RICKY SWALLOW
SURPRISE ITEMS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

 
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May 28, 2015 11:12:43 AM PDT

GABRIEL OROZCO - ISSUE 26 - AVAILABLE NOW

 
FOR YOUR THROWING PLEASURE

  ISSUE 26
GABRIEL OROZCO
 
 
We are pleased to announce the release of issue 26 by the internationally acclaimed visual artist (and one of our heroes) Gabriel Orozco.   Known for his investigations into circularity, cycles, rotation, spinning, and movement, Orozco is also an avid boomerang thrower.  

His issue fuses his art and his sport by taking the form of a wooden boomerang.   The sleek, black, lightweight design, aptly named “Black Feather”, is based on a design by the late German thrower, Volker Behrens. 

Issue 26, which is $85, is available on our website and wherever THE THING is sold, including Colette and Librairie Yvon Lambert in Paris, Printed Matter, PS1 and the New Museum in NY; Art Metropole in Toronto; Tenderbooks in London; MOCA and Poketo in LA; Park Life and, of course, THE THING's shop in San Francisco. 

Happy returns.
GABRIEL OROZCO - ISSUE 26 - AVAILABLE NOW:  $85
+ Wooden boomerang
+ Individually silkscreened on the front
+ Laser-etched on the back
+ Limited run of 1000 (only 300 remain)
+ Includes fold-out poster
+ Made in the USA
 


GET IT HERE
 
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WEDNESDAY MAY 27 // 6:30PM

LEONARD KOREN
on
Making WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing
 
SHOP NOW
 
Hello Friends,

We are fans of good design.  So we were excited when we came across the legendary design and aesthetics writer Leonard Koren's work.  We invited him to come and give a short talk at our office next Wednesday night, and are very excited to announce that Leonard will be discussing, from the point of view of a young artist out to make something, the founding and publishing of WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing
GET YOUR TICKETS HERE
+ WHEN: Wednesday May 27, 2015 // 6:30PM
+ WHERE: THE THING Quarterly: 447 O'Farrell Street in SF's TL
+ COST: Free for subscribers, $5 for everyone else (tickets include wet adult beverage).
 
ABOUT WET:
Published mainly in Venice, California in the 1970’s and early 80’s, WET covered a range of cultural issues in addition to topics related to its philosophy of bathing.  As Leonard writes, “WET’s most endearing quality was its wholehearted embrace of the absurd.”  Formed alongside the punk movement, WET developed its own distinct aesthetic as the team improvised responses to design problems.  The resulting innovations lead to WET becoming a catalyst in the graphic styles later known as New Wave and Postmodern.

ABOUT LEONARD:
Leonard Koren was born in New York City in 1948, and raised in Los Angeles. He attended UCLA, graduating with a Master's Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning in 1972.  After graduation, Koren worked as an artist in Los Angeles, where his work focused on bathing environments.  In 1976, Koren founded WET.  After WET ceased publication in 1981, Leonard began writing, designing, and publishing books about aesthetics and design. Titles include Wabi Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, Gardens of Gravel and Sand, The Flower Shop, and Arranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object Placement.  Many of these titles will be available at THE THING during the event.
 
 
         
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ISSUE 26 - Gabriel Orozco
It's about to happen
 
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Orozco's much anticipated Issue 26 is about to go out into the world

It's still a secret, but there is time to get  Gabriel Orozco's Issue 26  at the pre-order rate ($70) and receive it at the same time as the subscribers.  It's just the sort of thing we do.
PRE-ORDER BETWEEN NOW AND MAY 20TH
+ $70  (as opposed to $85)
+ Ships on May 21st
+ It can be thrown (if you think it's a good idea)
+ Made in Florida USA
 
GET IT HERE
 
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David Korty issue 19 Wrapping Party, image by Lenny Gonzalez
It's happening again.  Our quarterly wrapping party is taking place on Wedneday May 20th.  It's what you've come to expect from your experimental publication.  If you are free next Wed. night, stop and have a Trumer Pils with us and listen to Jason Jägel on the DJ consol while you wrap a couple of issues in the TL.
Details
+ TTQ Headquarters:  447 O'Farrell Street in San Francisco's TL
+
6-9PM
+ Ice cold TRUMER PILS for your pleasure
+ Jason Jägel on the beats, nonstop
 
SUBSCRIBE TO GET ALL FOUR ISSUES AT THE LOWEST RATE:
$300 FOR ALL YEAR

+ ISSUE 26 GABRIEL OROZCO: Spring 2015
+ ISSUE 27 MICHELLE GRABNER: Summer 2015
+ ISSUE 28 TAMARA SHOPSIN & JASON FULFORD: Fall 2015
+ ISSUE 29 RICKY SWALLOW:  Winter 2016
 
GET IT HERE
 
 
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