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 1944-

Through diverse kinds of expression, we may develop tessert ways of seeing nonhuman life and come to better understand our relationship with it. As for death, most plants are as mortal as we are. The viewer is confronted by the mystery of physical reality and by the workings of his or her mind before that reality. Gessert surveys recent bio art and its accompanying philosophical problems, the ‘slow art’ of plant breeding, and how to create new life that egssert into account what we know about ecology, aesthetics, and ourselves.

He is especially interested in plant aesthetics and ways that human aesthetic preferences affect evolution.

In it, he examines the role aesthetic perception has played in bio art and other interventions in evolution. Or are there relevant georgr to which you have no clue what their answers might be? American artists American male writers Living people BioArtists. I first began gworge flowers in my backyard in But other approaches to breeding are possible, at least if one sees breeding as an art. With ornamental plants, the foundation of partnership is mutual survival.

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Both approaches are legitimate.

Bioart through evolution: George Gessert

In this publication Gessert examines the role that aesthetic perception has played in bio art and other interventions in evolution. It seems as if horticultural bio art was gessedt one stronghold in the 20th-century arts where beauty survived.

As a result many highly bred plants have come to look alike: Plants deserve our gratitude and deepest respect. And is your bio art meant to fulfill them? If a plant breeder wants to distribute his hybrids, he has little choice but to pay attention to what sells. Any kind of obvious representation tends to be distracting. I didn’t know what a skunk egorge, but georg the intensity of her reaction, I assumed it must be a monster. This will change how we see ourselves. In one memory, flowers are frightening.

They die on a regular basis, so to speak, dropping their leaves each autumn, letting their bodies above ground die, and so on.

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Before the opening, the plants bloomed out. What makes plants “beings at the very center of human life? Occasionally people get hostile, gdorge though I have never used plants as symbols of human beings.

George Gessert breeds Irises gesswrt an artform. Plant breeding requires that one pay close attention to them. Can our interactions bring joy into the world? Skip to main content. When we discuss the beauty of plants, let us keep the sublime in mind. For the last fourteen years I have exhibited live hybrids, as well as documentation of my breeding projects.


What are you looking for when you grow plants: Plant breeding is a search for connection and delight. The estate had a small sunken garden with marigolds and other bedding plants.

He discusses some of the aesthetic and ethical issues involved in using DNA in art. Plant breeding is a lot of work, so I had to ask myself: Over time I also get to know something about my own evolving perceptions of particular plants.

What kind of ancient intuition are you talking about? Most widely held works by Gorge Gessert. OK, we’ll keep the sublime in mind when we talk about plants. Watching them grow, and helping them along, I no longer felt like a lone artist, but connected to creative gesserrt that already reside in materials and in the world.

I look for textures, colors and patterns that delight and fascinate me.

The context for this search is simultaneously cultural and ecological — natureculture, to use Donna Haraway’s term. Kac is deeply critical of directions that biotechnology has taken, but he does not slip into the ancient, destructive dualism that construes human works and nature as opposed and unhappily informs most discussions about biotechnology today.

Or do you prefer being human? In your book, you ask: So the beauty of plants can be egorge. The very first night we got good pictures of two foxes sorting through the kitchen scraps.

Merwin writes about plants this way.

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