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Review: PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God: postcards compiled by Frank Warren



Four Stars

Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA). Frank Warren started his PostSecret project back in 2004 by leaving postcards in public places and asking for volunteers to mail him their secrets. Since then he's received upwards of 450,000 postcards by mostly anonymous mailers. Most postcards are handcrafted.

One that leapt out at me features the photo of two young Mormon missionaries standing on a street corner. Whatever wholesomeness this photo would have conveyed, unadorned, is undercut by the secret written in cursive on the postcard face: "Whenever I meet a Mormon missionary," it reads, "I get the sudden urge to tie him up and have my way with him." Such a contrast between text and context could be humorous, blasphemous or both, depending on your point of view.

Other postcards reveal a deep ambivalence towards religion.Another reads, "I don't believe in god anymore, I miss him so much." This show, where ambivalence towards God seems to be the prevailing mood, might challenge your assumptions of what art is and who is qualified to make it.

Or it might just make you want to go back home and write down your own secret religious belief on a postcard. Through Sept. 15;


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