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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We need beauty, ugliness, manifestations of forbidden desires, models of mutually beneficial partnerships, and much more. They make animal life possible.

Animals — vertebrates and many invertebrates as well — resemble us in gessrrt eyes, mouths, limbs and so forth. I hybridize for the pleasure of working with plants and because hybrids are various, astonishing, and wonderful in themselves. I look for integrity of form and exceptional presence.

George Gessert – Wikipedia

From to the present, his work has focused on the overlap between art and genetics, with a particular interest in gezsert aesthetics and the ways that human aesthetic preferences affect evolution.

I began as a painter.

Natural Selection Eugene, Oregon, [computer-printed handwriting, geszert, inks, Cibachrome prints] Science and the Artist’s Book An exhibition by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries and the Washington Project for the Arts In his artist’s book, George Gessert takes inspiration from his experiments hybridizing irises.

What makes plants “beings at the very center of human life?


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All of this made my shift from paint to plants a small step. Certain visual formulas work. And is your bio art meant to fulfill them? In your book, veorge ask: Having a vision is necessary for any breeding project, but can becomes a hindrance when it is too gelrge adhered to. Or do you prefer being human? You may use these HTML tags and attributes: In any breeding project there are always far more new plants than space to grow them out for more than a little while, so most have to be composted.

Bioart through evolution: George Gessert

Breeding projects — again, like most paintings — have their own dynamics, independent of human intentions. 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?

Plant breeding is a search for connection and delight. Each has its own preferences and set of needs, which account for much of the diversity of flowers. The great thing about plants and flowers — even very tall trees — is that one can have feelings for them that allow for a relationship with them, that make you want to keep them in your house or balcony bessert garden, or that make you go and look for them in your spare time, even if you’re a city dweller.

Before the opening, the plants bloomed out. They are literally beyond imagination. One can emphasize qualities distinctive to particular breeding complexes. This will change geotge we see ourselves. What obstructed me from recognizing it was usually my original vision. Such art often involves experimentation with new materials.


George Gessert breeds Irises as an artform. Breeding can even bring back into gardens and cities some of the visual qualities of wildness. Artist statement from Paradise Now: His exhibits often involve plants he has hybridized or documentation of breeding projects.

They can feed on sunlight. 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 mixed, and packaged by George Gessert.

However, the perception that flowers are not just beautiful but capable of metamorphosis into something threatening has remained with me ever since. Over time I also get to know something about my own evolving perceptions of particular plants. What kind of criteria do you use that allow you to call your breeding practice “bio art”?

We can shape them down to the genetic level. Gessert surveys recent bio art and its accompanying philosophical problems, the ‘slow art’ of plant breeding, and how to create new life that takes into account what gessret know about ecology, aesthetics, and ourselves.

Why do you think the beauty of flowers and plants arose in Darwinian evolution? Later I learned that plants have great powers.

However, I never would have asked them if I had not begun to examine the aesthetic aims of ornamental plant hybridization.