Diagram

Karla Knight, "Muddle Head" (Courtesy Real Art Ways / November 19, 2012)

Medical illustrator, architect, maritime explorer, geometrician: certain occupations rely on diagrams to an inordinate degree. That diagram you're reading contains an error? The building falls down, the surgery goes awry, the ship hits a reef, that nice little drawing of a rhombus looks like shit. Four artists — Enid Hatton, Karla Knight (that's her "Muddle Head," pictured), Martha Lewis and Laurie Sloan — whose work makes up Diagram, an exhibit that remains at Hartford's Real Art Ways until January 13, use hand-drawn diagrams to convey aspects of their personal and aesthetic positions. It's fair to say that actual diagrams, one's that are technically "correct," have some artistic merit to them. But these don't have to stand up to scrutiny, so expect some wild schematic action here.

 

Diagram

ends Jan. 13, Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St., Hartford, (860) 232-1006, realartways.org.