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ASMR4 v.3, Lone Garden, Lone Lake by Dan Torop

Please join us for the launch of ASMR4 v.3, Dan Torop’s Lone Garden, Lone Lake, at Spoonbill Studios, 99 Montrose Avenue, Brooklyn, Thursday, June 14, 7PM-9PM. ASMR4 is a small-run conversation. A conversation between four photographers in the form of a book. Sixteen page signatures. The third volume features new images by Dan Torop from his project Lone Garden, Lone Lake


Dust, weeds and other castaways make up the universe of Dan Torop’s recent work. For the past year, Torop has been photographing the back garden of Spoonbill Studios. While documenting seasonal changes in the slow shift of light and foliage, he has been thinking about weeds. Those fast-growing, fast-seeding plants thrive in bad soil and outpace efforts at cultivation. In parallel is the lone lake, Owens Lake in California, nearly gone — drained by a Los Angeles aqueduct. What remains is perhaps the largest source of dust pollution in the country, in a valley from which so much has been displaced.


Lone Garden, Lone Lake owes a debt to Alfred Crosby's Ecological Imperialism, Peter Del Tredici's Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast, and the Red Hook Community Farm Compost Operation. Site access was generously granted by The Center for Land Use Interpretation and Spoonbill & Sugartown.


Dan Torop is a photographer whose work has long examined how we shape and imagine the land. Torop's work has been exhibited extensively, recently in collaboration with the Center for Land Use Interpretation, the Lynden Sculpture Garden, and the Green Gallery. Dan Torop is currently represented by Derek Eller Gallery, NYC. He contributes code to darktable, an open source tool for processing photographs.


ASMR4 v.1, Adam Putnam's Reclaimed Empire, and ASMR4 v.2, Victoria Sambunaris's Trafficking, are in stock at Spoonbill Studios. ASMR4 v.4, with images by Katie Murray, will be out in September 2018.