When it comes to symbolism, Hartford artist Beena Azeem prefers to keep things uncertain. Symbolism surrounds us all the time, she argues, bombarding us with political and sexual meanings in the service of some agenda. Why not leave it open? View five large-scale figurative paintings by Azeem, including "Chaos Theory" (pictured), at the Charter Oak Cultural Center until mid-October. In addition to being an artist, Azeem did HIV/AIDS research in Uganda and Mozambique and graduated from medical school in Pakistan. You can bet those experiences inform her artistic choices.
Beena Azeem: The Reason for Reason
ends Oct. 12, Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford, (860) 249-1207, charteroakcenter.org.