At first blush Olaf Breuning’s ceramic sculptures appear like unaffected playdough creations of a preschooler. Simple, playful, and with a sly sense of humor, Breuning’s small figures inhabit a world of plain colors and little ornamentation. They are confined to a stage made of a rolled-out piece of thick oval dough, deprived of any added context. Look closer, however, and the scenes become psychologically foreboding. They trigger a disquieting cognizance that belies their mostly carefree presentation. Shown with Breuning’s pared down drawings, they leave a queasy aftertaste that stays long after you leave the gallery. At Metro Pictures through April 15.