Peter Lodato's brand of spatial mystery tends to strike this viewer as much ado about nothing. In recent paintings, his obsession is with single rooms punctuated by open doorways, through which are visible rectangles of brown earth and blue sky. Inside, light from visible and unseen sources creates pristine, geometric shadows.
Variations on the theme are tortuously spare. In "Tres Marias," a sort of yellow chair-rail running around the walls, lines up exactly with the horizon, as if light from the setting sun had seeped inside along a secret track. "Taukin" has a fairly complex series of overlapping shadows that lend a portion of the floor the appearance of a glassy pool.