Monday, March 14, 2016

New Farmers: D. Bryon Darby, Tim Hossler, Paul Stock


D. Bryon Darby, Photographs
Tim Hossler, Graphic and Exhibition Design
Paul Stock, Interviews and Writings

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D. Bryon Darby creative research investigates perceptions of place as mediated through culture, technology, and experience. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally. Notable exhibitions have included Paris PhotobookFest, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, the 2012 International Symposium on Electronic Art, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Center for Land Use Interpretation.

Tim Hossler is the former in-house art director for photographer Annie Leibovitz, the Director of Design at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), and the Art Director of The Wolfsonian– Florida International University in Miami Beach. He has worked on books and exhibitions for artists, photographers, and cultural institutions including KU’s Spencer Museum of Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and The Detroit Institute of Arts.

Paul V. Stock’s primary interests as a rural sociologist include food, agriculture, family farmers, and the Catholic Worker movement’s farms. His books include Food Systems Failure (2011) and Food Utopias (2015).


“The truth is, farming is so bloody romantic you can’t escape it. And don’t believe anybody who tells you otherwise. It is diving deeply into the complete mystery of the black soil. It is sex in the rain and the mud and the dew and the snow. It is messy, exotic, untamed birth, it is a riotous adventurous life; it is dying when the time arrives. It is the violent storm and gentle rain, the nurturing warmth and the oppressing heat, it is happiness and joy and exhaustion and despair. It is a parched throat and a full belly and sweet dreams and sleepless nights. It is an unceasing grind, and it is constant wonder. This is the truth." - Phil Holman-Hebert, Jefferson County, Kansas

New Farmers is a collaborative research project between photographer D. Bryon Darby, designer Tim Hossler, and sociologist Paul Stock. An observation of today's independent farmer, the project is an ongoing exploration of experiments in contemporary farming and seeks to document and empower the first-generation, small-scale, and sustainable farmer.

New Farmers was generously supported with a Starter Grant from The Commons with funds from the University of Kansas Office of Research and by a Collaborative Research Seed Grant from the Hall Center for The Humanities.

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