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George Gessert

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G. Gessert was born in 1944 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A. He studied at the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Art Students League. He began as a painter, printmaker, and illustrator of educational materials. Beginning in 1985, much of his work has focused on the overlap of art and genetics. He has also continued to paint. He has exhibited widely in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia, including at the Exploratorium (San Francisco), Exit Art (New York), Zeche Zollverein (Essen), Centraal Museum (Utrecht), and the Moscow Bienniale. His writings have appeared in many publications. In 2005 he was awarded a Pushcart Prize, and in 2007 was included in Best American Essays (edited by David Foster Wallace.) Green Light, a collection of notes on bio art was published by MIT Press in 2010. Currently he is an editorial advisor in the field of art and biology for Leonardo.

Journal Articles:

Our Monsters

October 2023
Leonardo Reviews

The Farm

December 2021
Leonardo Reviews

Unnatural Wonders: Essays from the Gap Between Art and Life by Arthur C. Danto. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, New York, NY, U.S.A., 2005. 400 pp. Trade. ISBN: 0-374-28118-1

August 2008

Dreams Before Extinction: Naeemeh Naeemaei

October 2014

The Sixth Extinction

February 2015

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

October 2015

The Tulip

June 2001

American Monster

August 2001
Leonardo Reviews

Crumple, the Status of Knuckle by Dave Cooper. Fantagraphics Books, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., 2000

June 2003
Leonardo Reviews


August 2004
Leonardo Reviews

Oryx and Crake

October 2004
Leonardo Reviews

The Molecular Gaze

February 2005
Leonardo Reviews

Cloud Atlas

October 2005
Artist's Article

Gathered from Coincidence: Reflections on Art in a Time of Global Warming

June 2007
Green Light
Toward an Art of Evolution