Boys will be boys over at Laconia Gallery, where Jason Chase’s paintings of Hot Wheels and Scott Listfield’s paintings of an astronaut are keen, bright, and still somehow melancholy. Chase painted his mu...scular, gleaming pieces after his father’s death, and in his memory, such as “ ’41 Willy’s Coupe,’’ cherry-red with polished hubcaps. The front edge of the car is sharp, but all else is in a blur, suggesting movement and something ungraspable, incorporeal. Listfield’s crisp, artful commentaries on contemporary society portray the astronaut in shopping plazas and art galleries as the outsider looking in. “The Parking Ticket’’ has him passing by R2D2 flagged with an orange ticket. Nobody can escape the meter reader.

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