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ISSUES 24-27

The current cycle of issues are by: Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte (Late Summer 2014),  Brian Roettinger (Fall 2014) Gabriel Orozco (Early Winter 2015), and Michelle Grabner (Spring 2015)

In subscribing to THE THING you will receive a quarterly periodical in the form of an object (four issues over the course of one year). Each year, we invite four artists, writers, musicians or filmmakers 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.

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Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte


The American luxury label Rodarte was founded by Kate and Laura Mulleavy in Los Angeles in 2005. A conceptual and innovative brand, Rodarte is known for its artistic mixture of high couture, modern femininity, and California influences. For their intricately crafted, multi-layered garments and explorations into other art forms, Kate and Laura Mulleavy have won numerous awards and accolades, including the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year, United States Artists Grant, and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion in 2009; the National Arts Award from Americans for the Arts in 2010; and most recently, the Legend of Fashion Award from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. In 2010, the 16th Annual Broadcast Film Critics Awards nominated Kate and Laura for the ballet costumes they designed and produced for Darren Aronofsky’s film Black Swan. In 2011, their first solo show Rodarte: States of Matter, opened at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and later that year, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art presented RODARTE: Fra Angelico Collection, a collection of ten couture gowns. The designers have collaborated on special projects with Frank Gehry and Gustavo Dudamel on the LA Philharmonic’s production of Don Giovanni; Benjamin Millepied on costumes for the New York City Ballet’s Two Hearts and L.A. Dance Project’s Moving Parts; and Catherine Opie and Alec Soth on Rodarte, Catherine Opie, Alec Soth, their first monograph. Rodarte’s works are featured in the permanent collections of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


More info on Rodarte can be found here.


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 forth coming 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.