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Yours, Mine, & Ours: Collaborative Artwork, part 1

Andréa Fernandes

Usually when we think of art, we think of a painting, photograph, sculpture, etc., created by one person. However, collaborative art projects are becoming more and more common—after all, who hasn't heard of PostSecret? Due to the current trend in collaborative art, today's "Feel Art Again" post spotlights collaborative art projects.

PostSecret is the most well-known on-going collaborative art project, and probably the most international, too. It all started back in 2004, when a guy named Frank Warren distributed blank 4x6 inch postcards with instructions to depict a true, never-before-spoken secret on it and then mail it back to him. Originally created for an installation at Artomatic in D.C., the project has grown to include a blog with weekly postings of secrets, four books, a traveling exhibit, a discussion community, and videos. There are now also French, German, and Spanish PostSecret blogs. Anyone is welcome to mail in a secret, which has resulted in boxes full of secrets at Warren's home.

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Next Saturday, we'll take a look at collaborative installation art all around the world. In the meantime, we want to hear from you: Have you ever participated in collaborative art? Or do you know of any great projects that we haven't mentioned.

"Feel Art Again" appears every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. You can e-mail us at with suggestions of artists or details on current exhibitions.