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Jacques Chartier’s show at LIMN Gallery gives an in-depth look at her painted experiments, which mimic the look of biological tests but are actually closer to alchemical investigations of paint chemistry. Pigments migrate, coagulate or granulate according to the subtleties of their mix with the medium; the process is so fundamental it could be read as a metaphor for any number of things. But mostly these paintings are about being good looking—within the confines of her chosen format, Chartier proves that paint is a very sensual medium. Reproduced above: 10 Samples (2003)

- Meredith Tromble [Tuesday, March 16th, 2004]

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