Jaq Chartier is known for her rigorous Testing series, a continuing experimentation with paint and process that utilizes scientific methods. In Hunting Color, Chartier continues to develop her own custom formulas of deeply saturated inks, stains and dyes. Though paintings are often viewed as immutable, these materials interact on a microscopic level causing the colors to alter in intensity. Sometimes writing notes directly on the side of the paintings, Chartier tracks the reactions of the stains with the paint in each test. These notes are one of the physical manifestations that reflect the similarities between the scientific and artistic analyses that the artist engages. In this exhibition, Chartier works on a larger scale and continues her exploration of the phenomena of materials that also incorporates stylistic elements of the genres of color field painting, process art and minimalism.
Chartier received her BFA from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA) and her MFA at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA). She has exhibited nationwide at such venues as the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (San Jose, CA), Zentrum Paul Klee (Bern, Switzerland), Kunst-Museum Ahlen (Ahlen, Germany), Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA), Berkeley Art Museum at the University of California (Berkeley, CA), Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, WA), and Bellevue Art Museum (Bellevue, WA). Her works are included in many public and private collections, including those of the Schwartz Art Collection at the Harvard Business School (Cambridge, MA), The Progressive Art Collection (Cleveland, OH), and the Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, WA).