by Matthew Specktor in New Products on Tuesday 18 August 2009

The Thing. Not the John Carpenter movie, of course, but the subscription-only art object, curated by a different person each time. Jonathan Lethem’s Chaldron Optical System is the current one, an item of enigmatic and satisfying beauty. Who knows what will be next?
‘The Thing Quarterly is a periodical in the form of an object. Each year, four artists, writers, musicians or filmmakers are invited by the editors (Jonn Herschend and Will Rogan) to create an everyday object that somehow incorporates text. This object will be reproduced and hand wrapped at a wrapping party and then mailed to the homes of the subscribers with the help of the United States Postal Service. THE THING’s current year of subscriptions (issues 8-11) will begin with an issue by artist and writer Trevor Paglen, and will continue with visual artist Ryan Gander, and writer/radio personality Starlee Kine, and will end with Chris Johanson’. [photo by Lenny Gonzalez]