Current Location:
Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences
Section P (OS) -> 1st Floor (CHS)
-> Shelf P1 (OS)
Location Notes:
CHS; Main Floor, Lobby Extra tiles are located in a box at IDC Storage; Open Shelving; Section P, Shelf P1

A Brief Medical Encyclopedia

Artwork
Identifier:
2003.349.1
Artist:
Olga and Alexander Florensky
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Glazed Ceramic Tiles
Date:
2002
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 15.5 ft Width: 12.5 ft
Description:
600 tiles depicting various historical medical objects and scenes displayed on a main floor lobby bulkhead.
Historical Context:
Olga and Alexander Florensky are a husband-and-wife duo of artists from Russia who were visiting artists at GVSU in 2001. They are best known for their multi-media works of art, experimenting with painting, printmaking, sculpture, sound and video. In Russia, they are known for being part of the Mitki, an artist network inspired by Vladimir Shinkarev’s literary work of the same name. While fictional, Shinkarev’s book draws on characteristics of real people, events and cultural subjects, creating a new comprehensive and cohesive life philosophy and language for its members. This installation consists of 600 ceramic tiles created by the Florensky’s representing various historical medicinal tools and scenes.