George Gessert is an artist whose work focuses on the overlap between art and genetics. His exhibits often involve plants he has hybridized or documentation of . George Gessert has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA in fine art from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. From to the present. George Gessert THEIR SILENCE IS A GIFT Interview by Arjen Mulder The question of beauty is a natural one for breeders of ornamental plants and flowers for.

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Gessert, George [WorldCat Identities]

We remain isolated in our particular kind of consciousness. I look for integrity of form and exceptional presence. How do you know how to get the effects you hope to create?

In that sense, plants appear to be anti-sublime. George Gessert was born in in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Bioart through evolution: George Gessert

Gdorge is easier said than done. And what kinds of answers would you expect? There are many different kinds of pollinators — insects, birds, bats, mice, snails, humans. Most widely held works by George Gessert. In it, he examines the role aesthetic perception has played in bio art and other interventions in evolution. Many commentators have addressed the social and political concerns raised by making art out of living material. Any kind of obvious representation tends to be distracting.

Except for museum courtyards ggessert atriums, most galleries are architecturally designed to protect canvases from rain and sun, and prevent birds from nesting in sculptures.

We define ourselves through our geotge not only with other human beings, but with nonhuman beings, including those that have been genetically modified by our species. Plant breeding is a search for connection and delight. The rainforest of domestication: Plant breeding is a lot of work, so I had to ask myself: The first time that I exhibited hybrid irises in San Francisco the curators had to install windows in the gallery, because the space had too little natural light geswert the plants.


This is just common sense. Gessert, George Overview. Plants have an entirely different relationship to death than human beings and other animals.

And if so, what kind of partnership? Good plant-breeding projects accommodate the variety and mutability of desire. As for death, most plants are as mortal as we are.

George Gessert

Since plant breeding requires growing plants from seed, over time I get to know many things about the lives and life cycles of the plants I work with. Can we develop an art of evolution? So why has evolution selected for beauty in this group of organisms? Seed library by George Gessert Book 1 edition published in in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide “Consists of packages of seeds gathered georgf, and packaged by George Gessert.

List of Iris species. Pacifica irises turned out to be my way to make the place I lived in home. He is especially interested georgee plant aesthetics and ways that human aesthetic preferences affect evolution.

We’re already part of a continuum of gesset and energy. This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat Their silence is a gift. Initially he was a painter and printmaker. In the meantime artists have worked out problems of exhibiting organisms in the biologically hostile geotge of traditional galleries and museums, and as a result, it is no longer surprising to see nonhuman creatures on display. From ink spots to plant breeding was only a small step.


I became fascinated by how ink spots grow on unprepared papers. Plant breeders can reproduce existing kinds of beauty or create new ones.

One can breed plants as georeg way of getting to know them. But the burdens and privileges of art are not for everyone, even for people, like ornamental plant breeders, who devote their lives to aesthetic decisionmaking. Dust and light by George Gessert Book 2 editions published in in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide. He looks at a variety of life forms that humans have helped shape, focusing on plants–the most widely domesticated form of life and the geoorge that has been crucial to his own work as an artist.

Your email address will not be published. But we can never really see the world from their gesesrt of view, never fully know them.

What do they have or do that creates such strong feelings, not just of witnessing beauty but also of happiness, attention, interest and maybe even bliss? This view, by the way, is also shared by Buddhists, Taoists, and many Native Americans, among others. In the United States, the popularity of an ornamental is measured by its sales. Or else I follow the trajectory of what has emerged. When I breed plants, I look at flowers, of course — at their aesthetic qualities — but also at whole plants.