FAILE: A Dynamic Duo in Street Pop Art
FAILE, a collaborative team of artists, has been a dynamic presence in the street pop and graffiti art scene since its inception at the turn of the 21st century. The duo is known for their bold and diverse works that encapsulate the essence of street and pop culture, infusing it with delicate art sensibility. Their art, on city walls and in galleries, reflects a multifaceted exploration of culture, touching upon consumerism, religious iconography, and the urban environment. Faile is a collaboration between Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, two contemporary artists based in Brooklyn, New York. The duo met in the late 1990s and began collaborating in 1999 under Faile, an anagram of "A life." Faile's work is primarily known for its bold, colorful street art and mixed-media paintings, prints, and installations. Their style incorporates many influences, such as pop culture, comic book imagery, advertising, and religious iconography. This fusion of elements results in visually striking and layered compositions that often convey a sense of narrative or social commentary. Over the years, Faile has become well-known in the international street art scene, with their work appearing on walls, buildings, and public spaces worldwide. They have also exhibited in galleries and museums, such as the Tate Modern in London, the Brooklyn Museum in New York, and the Lisbon Contemporary Art Museum in Portugal. Faile's art has been instrumental in shaping the modern street art movement, and their work continues to inspire and influence artists worldwide. From canvas and prints to window pallets and prayer wheels, street and in situ creation to the acquisition of a permanent studio in 2005, and pop art to spirituality, FAILE’s course is as heterogenic as art can get. This artistic collaboration between Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller was established in 1999 and is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.
Artistic Innovations and Contributions of FAILE
The creative duo has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Europe, and Asia. Space, in the case of FAILE, has meaning. During the first years of its existence, the group did not work inside a studio of its own, and, as a result, 1999-2005 has been a period of experimentation for them with different media of creation, as well as ways of exhibiting their work. FAILE has embraced both “traditional” media, such as painting, sculpture, and printmaking, and, at the same time, less conventional ones, such as window pallets and prayer wheels. The duo unapologetically mixes media and forms, depending on what best serves its creative process, resulting in high-budget projects with remarkable production values and modest endeavors that highlight all the stages of the creative process, emphasize the experiences, and incorporate a DIY approach. Even though FAILE, since its start, has presented its work inside many galleries and art spaces, it always retained its connection to street art, even after the acquisition of a studio in 2005. The works of FAILE are characterized by a complex layering of images, text, and patterns, which combine to create a rich visual language that is immediately recognizable. They have been at the forefront of the movement that has brought street art into the gallery without losing the authenticity and raw energy that defines the genre. Their innovative use of materials, including everything from salvaged wood to fine art paper, showcases their adaptability and willingness to experiment with new forms and mediums.