Red rubber (HIV virus) ball
A remix of Beyoncé's "Sweet Dreams (Beautiful Nightmare)" plays throughout most of Jordan Wolfson's 14-minute video, Raspberry Poser. While refrains "my guilty pleasure, I ain't going nowhere" and "long as you're here, I'll be floating on air" fill REDCAT's gallery, you see a blood-red rubber toy expanding and constricting and bouncing around the big screen, across stock imagery of expensive, way-too-slick living rooms and bathrooms. The toy is supposed to be an HIV virus, which the condom that swims romantically into the frame at times and some other clues suggest. But since the white carpet that covers the gallery's floor is so soft to sit on and Beyoncé's song so buoyantly seductive, watching Wolfson's work feels like being stuck somewhere between comfort and discomfort. 631 W. Second St., dwntwn.; through Jan. 27. (213) 237-2800, redcat.org.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Dec. 1. Continues through Jan. 27, 2012
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