Study for: Perception Changing Materiality (Waterlily)
Brad Melamed
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School

Everything is You (Waterlily) and Perception Changing Materiality (Waterlily) are part of two large series of works made from images found in 1960s era biology textbooks. Each piece is composed of a single animal or nature image that is cropped into 24 sections. Enlarged, these croppings create the montage effect in Perception Changing Materiality. The cropped image then offers both a palette and ground for abstract expressionistic drawing in You Are Everything. The computer eyedropper tool picks up a color that is assigned to the eraser, which is used as a drawing tool. The act of erasing paradoxically becomes a means of revealing another experience as each page contributes to the total gestalt of the subject.

For me, these works are depictions of transformative states of awareness where all phenomena can be experienced as energy - vibration, light, particle, and movement. Polarities in these states of expanded consciousness are no longer rooted in human psychology and its ensuing moralities: erasure becomes creation, individual becomes collective, and linear time becomes simultaneous time, all resulting in a metaphysical economy of dynamic abundance.
-Brad Melamed


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.