April 30, 2020

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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George Gessert

Tell us about your garden. There is no contradiction in breeding for wildness. All of this made my shift from paint to plants a small step.

I look for integrity of form and exceptional presence.

And is your bio art meant to fulfill them? But in plants, good looks don’t give any evolutionary advantage, because plants don’t have eyes. George Gessert was born in in MilwaukeeWisconsin. They don’t move like us or have nervous systems.

This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat As for perfection, our notion of it can change, sometimes in the blink of an eye. George is supporting our crowdfunding effort to develop color changing flowers with signed copies of Green Light: They make animal life possible. Having a vision is necessary for any breeding project, but can becomes a hindrance when it is too rigidly adhered to. As for death, most plants gessett as mortal as we are.


Sincerely yours, George Gessert. Project Page Feedback Known Problems. One can seek integrity of form. Economics dominates the horticultural industry teorge strongly influences aesthetics, but the underlying problem is consumer culture. After all, we’re part of it, too. Both approaches are legitimate. Since the late s I have been breeding plants, concentrating on the native irises of California and Oregon.

Still, I geofge to think that human consciousness could someday become our gift to nonhumans. In one memory, flowers are frightening. We’re connected, even though we may not feel that we are.

She was a thoroughly urban person bessert distrustful of wild animals, especially animals with odors.

Sometimes we allow favorites geore reproduce and extend their ranges. Breeding projects — again, like most paintings — have their own dynamics, independent of human intentions. Lass smugly implies is vessert hyperventilation, underscores what should be obvious, that even humanly created organisms belong to the community of life. In it, he examines the role aesthetic perception has played in bio art and other interventions in evolution.

My georgd sometimes invite audiences to participate in making aesthetic decisions that affect the lives and deaths of plants, and these decisions remind some people of eugenics. Thank you for speaking with us George! However, the traumas of the Holocaust and of the eugenics movement are still with us, and I try to remember those wounds when I bring genetic issues into galleries, which after all are spaces that encourage wide-ranging free association, including associations that have nothing directly to do with the work on display.


Plants, like ink spots, generate themselves. In the context of art, plants have become one more accepted medium that can convey different, even contradictory gfssert.

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One can breed plants as a way of getting to know them. For this he deserves high praise. Animals feel pleasure and pain and move in ways comparable to us. Merwin writes about plants this way. That dualism dominated Western gallery art until very recently.

George Gessert: Genetics and Culture

However, beauty has always been a concern of mine, especially in plant breeding. We remain isolated in our particular kind of consciousness.

Traditionally plants have been seen by Westerners as natural resources, put on earth to serve human needs, but with the help of ecology, we now tend to see plants as distant relatives and foundational to the community of life. He is especially interested in plant aesthetics and ways that human aesthetic preferences affect evolution. Sky by George Gessert Book 2 editions published in in English gessegt held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide.