- January 9–February 17, 2005
- Opening Reception, Thursday, January 12, 4:30-6:30 pm
Gallery Talk by the artist, 5:15 pm
- Brown Bag Lecture, Monday January 9, 12 pm
Jaq Chartier: “Testing on Sunspots”
All events take place:
U-M Institute for the Humanities
Osterman Common Room, 0520 Rackham
915 East Washington
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1070
Gallery hours: Thursday & Friday, 12:00-8:00 pm
and by appointment
Curatorial tours available and groups are welcome
Free and open to the public
Seattle artist Jaq Chartier explores and tests the passage of time, and
the effects of sunlight on systematically organized stains. With great
precision, in a laboratory-like manner, she observes and measures her
experiments, controlling variables, recording data, and comparing visual
This unusual artistic technique using time, sun and vibrant colors, results
in paintings that preserve the characteristics of organic matter: they
never settle down, they keep changing and take on a new appearance each
day, as they fade over the years.
Chartier’s stains are metamorphoses. They trick us, pretending
at first to be static, revealing only over time their ever changing nature.
In doing so, these works take on philosophical dimensions. The confidence
and repeatability seemingly demonstrated by the scientific approach is
consistently challenged by the unavoidable action of time.
It is then easy to see in these Rorschach-like blots not only an intellectual
challenge, but also an emotional invitation to reflect upon changes, repetition,
losses and discoveries.
This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the University of Michigan
College of Literature, Science and the Arts Winter 2006 semester theme,