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ISSUES 25-28

THE THING Quarterly is a periodical in the form of objects.  Every three months we invite an artist, writer, musician or filmmaker to create a useful object that somehow incorporates text. This object is reproduced and hand-packed at a wrapping party and then mailed to the homes of subscribers.  A one year subscription to THE THING includes four issues, the contents of which are kept secret until they are released.  The current cycle of issues are by: Brian Roettinger (Winter 2015) Gabriel Orozco (Spring 2015), Michelle Grabner (Summer 2015), and Jason Fulford & Tamara Shopsin (Fall 2015).  

What you get when you subscribe:

-  Fedex shipping of all four issues delivered straight to your door

-  Subscriber discounts:  20% off all available back issues and some projects

-  First dibs on invitations to special THING events

-  Chances at winning signed issues

-  Total strangers will buy you drinks in an airport bar and ask for nothing in return

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-  The subscription price of $300 includes shipping for all orders in the USA.

- Subscribers in Canada will be charged an additional $20 for shipping.

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-  THE THING is a one year commitment - we do not offer refunds once your subscription cycle begins.


Brian Roettinger

Brian Roettinger is a Los Angeles-based artist and graphic designer. The majority of his work is in the form of printed media (books and ephemera) for cultural institutions, artists, and architects. He has gained notoriety for his music packaging and album covers, most notably with bands: No Age, Liars, and Beach House. He recently art directed Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail album and campaign, and the Childish Gambino album, because the internet. He currently acts as the creative director for LA based fashion magazine JUNK whos diverse content bridges the divide between fashion, art, music, design and concept. Roettinger was chosen as Rolling Stone’s Album Designer of the Year (2009) and was nominated for a Album Packaging Grammy for No Age,Nouns(2010).  As an artist, Roettinger has managed to find a unique take on the mediums of art and design that blend high-concept thinking with a strong D.I.Y. (Do-It-Yourself) ethos. He recently contributed a series of paintings to be used by Hedi Slimane directed fashion brand Saint Laurent as textiles, T-Shirts and graphic branding. Bringing a sense of sophistication to an underground aesthetic in a distinctly honest application is testament to Roettinger's creative character as a whole and something to be fiercely applauded. His work has been exhibited at Colette in Paris, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic, and at the now defunct Hope Gallery in Los Angeles.

More info on Brian Roettinger can be found here.

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 Gabriel Orozco can be found here.

Michelle Grabner

Michelle Grabner (born 1962, Wisconsin) is a visual artist and writer.  She is best known for her abstract metalpoint works and her paintings of textile patterns appropriated from everyday domestic fabric. Incorporating writing, curating and teaching with a studio practice grounded in process and productivity she has created a multi-faceted and dynamic career.  Grabner and her husband Brad Killam run the artist project space called The Suburban in Oak Park, Illinois, which they developed with friend David Robbins in response to the idea that the suburbs were an overlooked site for avant-garde activities.  In 2009 Grabner and Killam founded The Poor Farm, a not-for-profit art space and residency in Rural Northeastern Wisconsin. Grabner received a B.F.A. (painting and drawing) in 1984 and an M.A. in art history in 1987 from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She received an M.F.A. from Northwestern University in 1990. She is Professor and Chair of the Painting and Drawing Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she has been teaching since 1996.  She has also taught at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Yale Norfolk, Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts, Bard College, and The University of Pennsylvania. She is represented by James Cohan Gallery in New York and has exhibited her work internationally, including at the Musée d´art Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg; Stadtgalerie, Keil; Kunsthalle, Bern; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; The Milwaukee Art Museum; and Ulrich Museum of Art, Kansas.  Essays and reviews by Grabner have been published in Artforum, X-tra, Frieze, and Modern Painters.  She was a co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

More info on Michelle Grabner can be found here.  

Jason Fulford & Tamara Shopsin

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.

More info on Jason Fulford can be found here.

More info on Tamara Shopsin can be found here.