4 Star Gallery
There is both highly metaphorical content and sly humor in Steve Paddack's paintings. There is also an uncanny technical mastery that allows him to evoke a landscape without aping it. This show is structured so that you can begin by perusing his small-scale gouache on paper landscapes set at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore that are, in his words, "closest to reality" and end with "Temple of Unspoken Opinions." In this acrylic on canvas painting you see a brick structure beaming with a strange, sunlit luminosity. (Paddack sets a number of his paintings at the time of sunset or sunrise). At first glance, under the influence of the lofty title, you might think of a Mayan temple. But then, seeing the paper cup on the top of the structure and a telephone pole in the background, you realize it's more like those municipal receptacles you bike past on the Monon Trail without even thinking about. You might not dwell on your unspoken opinions either, having already disposed of them somewhere. Through Oct. 10; 317-686-6382, www.4stargallery.com.