Recursion (1/2) II
Adam Marnie
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School

The Recursions (2013-2014) stem from earlier works in which I mounted inkjet photographs of flowers onto sections of drywall framed behind glass, or directly onto the wall (the latter were subsequently destroyed). I have been working for a number of years on site-specific works using combinations of framed works and removed sections of wall. In the Recursions, the flowers, as well as the camera, are replaced with a pure red color created using Photoshop. The red inkjet prints measure 60x40" linking these works back to photography—the 3:2 ratio of 35mm film. In the studio the prints are hand-mounted on full 8x4' sheets of drywall, and the excess material is cut away.

In Recursion (1/2) II, two vertical sections of this prepared material have been removed which, when installed, expose and bring forward the site wall as a visual element within the frame of the work. The cut edge of the removals highlights the connection of the work to the site by making visible the doubled architectural sub-material: drywall on wall. The reflective surface sheen of the luster print counteracts the hard retinal gouge of the pure saturated red with an atmospheric response.
- Adam Marnie


About the collection

Gerald Schwartz believes the presence of provocative art promotes creative thinking, remembering that "artistic presence was the only thing missing at HBS when I went there. I wanted to change that." In 1995, Gerry Schwartz and a team from HBS together began purchasing contemporary art for the HBS buildings most frequented by students. Inspired by the growing collection, a small group of MBA students founded the HBS Art Appreciation Society in 2001. It quickly grew into one of the largest student clubs on campus, sponsoring events in Boston area galleries and museums, as well as an annual weekend in Manhattan to meet artists, tour exhibitions, and attend theater. The club's co-presidents accompany Mr. Schwartz on his annual buying trip to purchase additional art for the School's collection.

About Gerald Schwartz, MBA '70

Gerald Schwartz, MBA ’70, is the Founder and CEO of Onex Corporation. He has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada and inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Gerry Schwartz is Vice Chairman and member of the Executive Committee of Mount Sinai Hospital, a director of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, a trustee of The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Chairman of its Canadian Friends, and a governor of Junior Achievement of Metro Toronto. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba, a Masters in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, and several Doctor of Laws (Hon.) degrees. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Heather Reisman, founder and CEO of Indigo Books and Music.