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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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.

El Paisatge transgredit Book 3 editions published in in Catalan and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide. She was a thoroughly urban person and distrustful of wild animals, especially animals with odors.

Bioart through evolution: George Gessert

One can emphasize qualities distinctive to particular breeding complexes. Scatter by George Gessert Book 2 editions published between and in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide.

It seems as if horticultural bio art was the one stronghold in the 20th-century arts gewsert beauty survived. One translucent envelope contains “Seeds to Sow in Wilderness”; another package shows images of beautiful blooming Pacific Coast Native Irises and claims to contain “Hybrids by Insects, Gessert, and Wind”. Animals feel pleasure and pain and move in ways comparable to us.

Before the opening, the plants bloomed out. If you could ask your favorite plants some questions and they were able and willing to answer, what would you ask? Plant breeding is a search for connection and delight.

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Plants like irises and begonias are proof that that immensity is at least in part benign. So long before we die, we’ve already extended far beyond ourselves.


One part of the plant grows as another dies. Someday, perhaps, there will be new kinds of art spaces to accommodate nonhuman life, spaces that combine features of galleries, gardens, menageries, and wilderness. Handbooks promote trite notions of beauty yet have an air of authority and influence plant breeding. Hybrid Hybridizedfirst bloom Many of the aesthetic choices I make when I select plants are the same as I make when I paint.

But today the art world is more friendly to the Darwinist view that every aspect of culture is an expression of nature. George Gessert American artist.

Notes toward a radioactive art by George Gessert 1 edition published in in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide. He selects his plants based on their aesthetic qualities and contends that Darwin also recognized aesthetics as an evolutionary factor.

My installations 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. So the beauty of plants can be elegiac.

If so, in what way do you think it does?

The notion of creating a dog that fluoresces is far from conceptually outrageous. Today bio art is still widely considered somewhat adventurous, yet Jeff Koons, whose work encapsulates dominant values of consumer culture, uses live plants in installations.

When I breed plants, I look at flowers, of course — georfe their aesthetic qualities — but also at whole plants. If so, do wild plants serve us better than cultivated ones, or do they fulfill different needs? You have combined your fascination with plants and your work as an artist in intricate ways.

The beauty of animals is usually explained goerge a reference to sexual selection — the more ggessert the male hessert female, gesset in looks or in specific behavior, the greater the chance of gene transference. The prospect of death is part of what drives consciousness and makes us the beings we are.


My job is to facilitate. I can smell it! Animals fessert vertebrates and many invertebrates as well — resemble us in having eyes, mouths, limbs and so forth. Or else I follow the trajectory of what has emerged. This is just common sense. I have also bred other ornamentals, including daylilies, streptocarpuses, nasturtiums, and several kinds of poppies. Traditional Western dualism maintains that art is one thing, nature another, and never the twain shall meet except in specialized ways in landscape architecture.

Doubles and ruffles sell. Skip to main content. 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 one that has been crucial to his own work as an artist.

Sometimes we allow favorites to reproduce and extend their ranges.

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Until I learn at least a little more, I don’t know if I’d rather be some other form of life. Still gesswrt plants provide other kinds of aesthetic experiences.

All of this made my shift from paint to plants a small step. I just guess, and when that proves wrong I have to start over again. Fleur-de-lis Irises painting Japanese banknote Vincent van Gogh.

He discusses some of the aesthetic and ethical issues involved in using DNA in art. And with just a little generosity of spirit, we can recognize them as our kin. Aesthetic categories are crude summaries of experience, but granted that, few phenomena are more sublime than the plant kingdom.