ASMR4

 

ASMR4 is a small-run conversation. A conversation between 4 photographers in the form of a book. 16 page signatures.

 

Adam Putnam, Reclaimed Empire, ASMR4v1, spread 3

The first volume of this experiment is a sequence taken from Adam Putnam’s film project Reclaimed Empire (Deep Edit) 2008-2016, an ongoing series comprised of over 80 fragments and short video works. The title, initially an overt nod to Warhol’s Empire, speaks less about homage, and more to the notion of a constant return to repeated subject matter - a gaze that never leaves, that stares un-blinkingly – mechanically - at the same subject. “This was my Empire, comprised of whatever was on hand in my studio, sculptural fragments, broken mirrors, architectural models and other detritus…"

 

Victoria Sambunaris, Trafficking, ASMR4v2, spread

The second volume features a selection of images by Victoria Sambunaris from her project Trafficking. The work addresses the petrochemical and industrial cargo trades and the effect they have on marine habitats. Sambunaris is a project-based photographer who organizes her life around annual road trips across the American West, equipped with nothing but a 5x7 wooden field camera, camping gear, and a few months supply of canned sardines and crackers. The large-scale photos of the contemporary American landscape tell a conflicted story in geographic, economic and cultural terms. The current work stems from Sambunaris’ invitation to the Galveston Artist Residency and her collaboration with National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration marine biologist Kristopher Benson in 2015. The collaboration allows a more comprehensive scientific perspective and alludes to the expansion of global markets and the intensification of consumption worldwide.

 

ASMR4 v.1, Reclaimed Empire, and v.2, Trafficking, are available for purchase ($10 each) at Spoonbill & Sugartown in Bushwick (99 Montrose Ave., Brooklyn, NY). Send $13 (US shipping included) via Paypal to sales@asmr4.net to make an online order for a book. Write a note to that address to inquire regarding paying by check, international shipping, or purchase of multiple copies.

ASMR4 is co-edited by Katie Murray, Adam Putnam, Vicky Sambunaris and Dan Torop.