THE THING Quarterly is an artist-run publication in the form of objects. It’s like a magazine, except that each issue is conceived of by a different contributor and published as a useful object. We work with artists, writers, filmmakers, designers, and musicians to create issues and projects that ask us to rethink our relationship to objects. We believe that objects, with all the magic and stories that they carry, speak to the importance of art in our daily lives.
THE THING began in 2007 as an experimental publication by visual artists Jonn Herschend and Will Rogan. It was an effort to open up a new, affordable access point to experiencing art. Not thinking the project would last more than a year, Jonn and Will made all of the objects by hand. Now, THE THING is a collaboration between the small team assembled in our office, the many contributors we invite to take part, and a range of designers, makers, and manufacturers. We provide a platform for artists to push the boundaries of object-making and address the problem of how to see and create meaning in our daily lives. We hope we inspire you to consider the meaning of other objects in your life, too.
Who we are
- JONN HERSCHEND
CO-FOUNDER, PUBLISHER & EDITORJonn is a San Francisco-based visual artist and filmmaker. He and fellow visual artist Will Rogan started THE THING Quarterly in 2007 as a way to push forward the concept of art as a part of everyday life. As Publisher, he works with THE THING crew to oversee the broad vision of the publication from marketing to contributor selection. He holds a BA from Boston University and an MFA from UC Berkeley. His films and visual art have been exhibited nationally and internationally including the 2014 Whitney Biennial, SFMOMA and the Tellu-ride International Film Festival. He is constantly talking about going fishing in Montana but really never goes.
- WILL ROGAN
CO-FOUNDER, EDITOR & PROJECT MANAGERWill Rogan lives in Sausalito, California. He has a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from UC Berkeley. Will works in a range of ways at THE THING Quarterly, from coordinating artist projects to collaborating on the creative vision of THE THING to trying to carry too many boxes. His personal artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the Berkeley Art Museums Matrix program, the Mori Art Museum, and Objectif Exhibitions in Antwerp, Belgium. He is represented by Claudia Altman Siegel in San Francisco, Laurel Gitlen Gallery in New York, and Misak Rosen in Tokyo.
- SARAH SIMON
MANAGING EDITORSarah is originally from Los Angeles and has lived in the Bay Area since 2007. She has been part of THE THING since 2012. As Managing Editor, she works with the THING team and contributing artists to develop content while leading research, development, production, and marketing on various issues, projects, and programs. She holds a BA in art history, theory, and practice from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where her thesis explored histories and fictions contained in everyday, domestic objects. Outside of TTQ, Sarah makes things in ceramics and is 1/4th of the band Magic Magic Roses.
- HEATHER FISK
ASSISTANT EDITOR & LOGISTICS COORDINATORHeather has called San Francisco home since 2002. She has been a part of THE THING since 2014. Aslogistics coordinator, she oversees daily operations,event logistics, and wholesale management. She also assists editors on various THING projects, including project research, sourcing manufacturers, and coordinating production. Heather has a BA in Humanities, encapsulating Art History, Literature, and Philosophy from San Francisco State University. She is a vinyl enthusiast who likes to share her collection with THE THING team.
- K.R.M MOONEY
EDITORIAL ASSISTANTK.r.m. Mooney has lived in the Bay Area since 2008 and worked at The THING since 2014 overseeing inventory and shipments. Trained as a jeweler at California College of the Arts, but practicing in the field of sculpture they've exhibited nationally at Hester in New York and The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco and internationally at Rowing Projects in London and Galerie Andreas Huber in Vienna.