ASMR4 Panel and Book Signing – Clear Comfort: Photographs from the Alice Austen Archive

Join the ASMR4 collective on the lawn for a presentation of the collectives’ work and your chance to purchase one of their limited edition publications!


ASMR4 is a small-run publication co-edited by Katie Murray,  Victoria Sambunaris, Dan Torop, and Adam Putnam. The first four volumes served as both conversation and message. The current series focuses on the strange and forgotten. The latest issue v.8, Clear Comfort, concludes this series.

Clear Comfort,  Alice Austen’s family home, held within its boundaries all of the complications that a home can represent. At best, a home can be a catalyst for creativity and exploration. At worst it can prohibit, interfere, or inhibit. Recognizing that, Austen turned her camera towards her home and the people with whom she shared her life.

— Katie Murray

Artist Bios:

Adam Putnam is an interdisciplinary artist whose work has appeared in various exhibitions and institutions worldwide including 2008 Whitney Biennial; the 2nd Moscow Biennial, Busan Biennial, South Korea, MoMA P.S.1 and The Astrup Fearnley Museum (Oslo). Curatorial projects have included an exhibition of Martin Wong entitled Everything Must Go at P.P.O.W. and Blow Both of Us at Participant Inc. Recent projects have included solo exhibitions P.P.O.W. gallery, Galveston Artist Residency Gallery and the Munchen Kunstverein (Munich). Adam Putnam is currently represented by P.P.O.W gallery and is co-editor of a small photo book imprint entitled ASMR4.

Katie Murray is a photographer and video artist whose work considers the mysterious nature of familiarity and the ambiguous nature of memory.  She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions including TOPS Gallery, Athens Photo Festival, The Barbara Walters Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, World Class Boxing, Kate Werble Gallery, ICP,

White Columns, Queens Museum of Art, and The Yale Art Gallery. Murray’s work has appeared in various books and catalogues to include Dear Dave Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Fortune Magazine, and Vice Magazine amongst others. Daylight Books published Murray’s first monograph All the Queens Men. Curatorial projects include, Housed, On the Waterfront, and ASMR4. She is currently a faculty member in the Art Department at SUNY Purchase.

Dan Torop is a photographer whose images examine how we shape and imagine the land. His work has been shown in solo and group shows at numerous institutions, including the American Museum of the Moving Image, the Lynden Sculpture Garden, Derek Eller Gallery, Green Gallery, Tops Gallery, the CLUI Wendover Exhibit Hall, the San Francisco Exploratorium, and the New York Video Festival. Triple CanopyPaper MonumentCabinet, and other periodicals have published Torop’s images and writing. He contributes code to darktable, an open source tool for processing photographs. Torop is an Associate Professor at Cornell University.

Victoria Sambunaris photographs the continuing transformation of the American landscape with specific attention given to expanding political, technological, and industrial interventions. Her work has been widely exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2021 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Julius Shulman Excellence in Photography Award, the Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship and the Anonymous Was a Woman Award. Radius Books Published her first monograph Taxonomy of a Landscape. She is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery in NY.


Jun 05 2022


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