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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The georgf that strikes me most about Green Light, geoorge about the hybrids you use and show in your work, and actually about plant people in general, is that the explicit goal they’re after is beauty. George Gessert [1, 2] is an artist who breeds irises and other plants. When I breed plants, I look at flowers, of course — at their aesthetic qualities — but also at whole plants. You have combined your fascination with plants and your work as an artist in intricate ways.

I became fascinated by how ink spots grow on unprepared papers. What obstructed me from recognizing it was usually my original vision. My job is to facilitate. Gessert’s work mainly focuses on irises and other ornamental flowers. But when you grow and hybridize plants for your bio art projects, you don’t seem to be aiming for the sort of shocking, overwhelming, awe-inspiring gelrge I associate with the sublime in the arts.

I began as a painter.


George Gessert: Genetics and Culture

For the last fourteen years I have exhibited live hybrids, as well as documentation of my breeding projects. They don’t move like us or have nervous systems.

Tell us about your garden. Or else I follow the trajectory of what has emerged. Before the opening, the plants bloomed out. Over time I also get to know something about my own evolving perceptions of particular plants. Since plant breeding requires growing plants from seed, over time I get to know many things about the lives and life cycles georgs the plants I work with. But the question drew me into considering how complex our relationships are with other species and how other forms of life can sometimes benefit from the human desire for aesthetic pleasure.

In the context of art, plants have become one more accepted medium that can convey different, even contradictory values. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I select against ruffling in irises, because it geofge their distinctive form and makes them look like other ruffled flowers: If so, in what way do you think it does? Or do you prefer being human? I do not have answers to most of these questions.

Since the late s I have been breeding plants, concentrating on the native irises of California and Oregon. When you say plant-breeding helps us to understand our relationship with nonhuman life, can you be a bit more specific? Besides Chinese painting, the art that most interested me then — and continues to inform my work with plants — focused on materials.

Many of their forms of reproduction seem beyond bizarre. 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.



Bioart through evolution: George Gessert

His exhibits often involve plants that he has hybridized, or documentation of breeding projects. And is your bio art meant to fulfill them?

George Gessert breeds Irises as an artform. Flowers of human presence: One can emphasize qualities distinctive to particular breeding complexes. Can we interact with them, including on the genetic level, in ways that are not merely exploitative?

As a result many highly bred plants have come to look alike: What kind of criteria do you use that allow you to call your breeding practice “bio art”? So the beauty of plants can be elegiac. In his artist’s book, George Gessert takes inspiration from his experiments hybridizing irises. The great thing about feorge 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 or garden, or that gsorge you go and look for them in your spare time, even if you’re a city dweller.

Or are there relevant questions to which you have no clue what their answers might be? I still don’t know the answer.