A translucent, animated condom filled with red candy hearts is an animated protagonist in Jordan Wolfson's marvelous video installation at REDCAT, the New York-based artist's solo debut in Los Angeles. Projected onto a white screen suspended on the diagonal in a white room carpeted in wall-to-wall white rug, the non-narrative video feels unmoored and adrift in a languorous state of liquid reverie. We soon float along with it.
"Raspberry Poser" -- the title conjures Prince -- is in effect a 14 1/2-minute music video. Fragments of yearning ballads and electro-pop, including 1960s Roy Orbison and Sasha Fierce-era Beyoncé, are interspersed on the soundtrack with periods of dead silence, which suddenly seems deafening.
The imagery is a similarly sampled medley of loosely recognizable bits. Bustling Soho streets, sleek shelter magazine interiors, the tourist-laden Eiffel Tower, public parks, an empty gymnasium, a similarly empty artist's studio, Caravaggio paintings and more -- the settings are a mixture of the desirable and the mundane.
Into these environments, some of them crisply photographed and others inexplicably bleached, as if glimpsed through clouded memory, Wolfson inserts a diverse cast of characters. Most are presented in different styles of animation, including old-fashioned hand-drawn cartoons and up-to-the-minute computer-generated images.