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

But other approaches to breeding are possible, at least if one sees breeding as an art. I was too young to have any sense that this hallucination was my own mind at work. Sky by George Gessert Book 2 editions published in in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide. Even as late as the s, shows that included works with live plants were extremely rare.

But in plants, good looks don’t give any evolutionary advantage, because plants don’t have eyes. As for perfection, our notion of it can change, sometimes in the blink of an eye. Can living things in galleries help remind people that all forms of life have intrinsic value? Occasionally people get hostile, even though I have never used plants as symbols of human beings.


At this point in history, with the help of Darwin and those who have built on his work, we don’t have to exercise much imagination to see our affinities with animals. My wife and I once made a garish garden, with colors as bright and extreme as possible.

Many forms of life are more graceful than we are, more kinesthetically intelligent, far more patient, immeasurably less destructive. Plants, like ink spots, generate themselves.

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Gessert’s work mainly focuses on irises and other ornamental flowers. When I make selections, I favor the colors, forms and patterns that draw me into the strange otherness of plants. The viewer is confronted by the mystery of physical reality and by the workings of his or her mind before that reality.

Most judges’ handbooks are full of contradictions and transparently false claims about aesthetic values. If so, do wild plants serve us better than cultivated ones, or do they fulfill different needs? Some of their ways of being are profoundly different from ours. Tell us about your garden. An important part of their beauty is that even though they are vividly alive, they are not human.

Actually, very little of life is humanly ordered. One part of the plant grows as another dies. Gessert began his career as a painter and printmaker, and began breeding plants as an art form in the late s. Scatter by George Gessert Book 2 editions published between and in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide.


Plants have an entirely gesserrt relationship to death than human beings and other animals. Some plants are beautiful, and some are sublime in the classical sense — redwood trees produce that kind of awe. Bloomsbury, by George Gessert 1 edition published in in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide.

interview with George Gessert, bio-artists, on plants | Arjen Mulder –

Imagine needing to lure insects when we wanted to have children! Flowers serve reproduction and are sometimes beautiful but, beyond that, don’t bear comparison with peacock tails.

George Gessert breeds Irises as an artform. The job of the artist is not so much to create, as to help what is latent in things manifest itself. Artists working with plants engage in interactions with these companion species to produce beauty and companionship that exceed commercial deliberations and to redefine what aesthetics means and what kind of aesthetics we value.

He discusses some of the aesthetic and ethical issues involved in using DNA in art. Each has its own preferences and set of needs, which account for much of the diversity of flowers. He has received various awards, including the Leonardo Award for Excellence.