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