Confessions

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So I was rolling tumblr and found really interesting thing. So Confessions is a public art project that invites people to anonymously share their confessions and see the confessions of the people around them in the heart of the Las Vegas strip in 2012.

As Art Production Fund Artist-in-Residence, Candy lived in the The Cosmopolitan for a month and turned its P3 Studio gallery into a contemplative experiment around anonymity, vulnerability, trust, and understanding. As they say, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But what if we could share with full discretion? Confessions is a public art project that invites people to anonymously share their confessions and see the confessions of the people around them in the heart of the Las Vegas strip. Inspired by Shinto shrines, Post Secret, and Catholicism, Candy created a place where people could write and submit their confessions on wooden plaques in the privacy of confession booths. She hung the anonymous plaques on the gallery walls each day so they gathered over time like a Shinto Shrine prayer wall. She painted select responses on large canvases. The space also featured original music by Oliver Blank – listen to it here.

By the end of the exhibit, over 1500 confessions were displayed on the walls: I still love her two girlfriends and five years later, I’m scared I’ll die alone, I eat too much cheese, Came here married with one girl and left married with two girls, I sold heroin to my friend and it ruined his life, I stole over 15,000 from the company I work for, I like porn more than my husband does, I don’t know what I am doing and I’m running out of time… Every passerby is another person full of longing, fear, confusion, and wonder, and there is great comfort in knowing you are not alone. The project created a safe and cathartic sanctuary where we became imperfect priests to help console one another as we contemplate our lives. July 19 – Aug 12, 2012. See all confessions on new the project site.

2012. Wood, aluminum, canvas, spray paint, acrylic. Las Vegas, NV. Installation assistance by Abraham King, Kristina Kassem, Wendalyn Lewis, Caroline Oh. Gallery coordination by Krista Salley, Lily Tran, Casey Fremont Crowe, Sheila Marcello, Cory Mervis. Thank you to Yvonne Force Villareal.

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