Faile American, b. 1975 & 1976

“Our methodology has always been about deconstructing imagery and rebuilding it anew piece by piece.”

The two American artists behind the name "FAILE", Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, find inspiration in the visual universe of their childhood. A universe teeming with references to Hollywood, Spaghetti Westerns, 1980s comics, children's stories, as well as pointing to advertising imagery and landmark events in recent American history.

 

In this vast iconography, the two artists cut out fragments, transform them, combine them in countless different ways. As in a lego construction game, images, text and patterns are boldly rearranged and recomposed, bringing about temporal and contextual collisions. An approach reminiscent of the art of collage.

 

The duo often brings back into play elements of their past works. Patterns, sentences, characters keep on reappearing, sometimes in the foreground, sometimes in the background of their creations. Taking a step back to embrace the work of FAILE in its totality is like being faced with a great symphonic fresco, where the same themes keep coming up over and over in endless variations. "The idea that the elements fit together to form a whole that we don't necessarily perceive at the outset is there in everything we do," say the artists.

 

Everything in the colorful world of FAILE is in perpetual motion, in a state of constant self-update where the more recent works expand on and add complexity to the earlier works. In the end, these cross-references make up a reflection of American—should we say Western?—pop culture. But a reflection one finds altered, turned inside out like a glove in such a way that the archetypes and the structures at play in our popular representations seem to be brought to light.

 

Versatile artists, Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller handle with the same ease techniques as different as painting on canvas and screen printing, wood carving and poster making, sculpture and monumental murals. They skillfully blur the presumed boundaries between fine arts and decorative arts, between illustration and graphic design. It is the street however which remains the artists’ playground of choice. After all, the public space tends to evolve through the endless rewriting of a collective narrative, something that can be said of the work of FAILE, too. "Our murals," say the artists, "become the bearers of the stories that shape the identity of the city, and, in turn, reflect these stories back to the city, like a mirror."

 

FAILE (anagram of "A Life", their first pseudonym) is an American artist duo formed by Patrick McNeil (1975) and Patrick Miller (1976). Iconic artists, their work is regularly shown in prestigious institutions like the Tate Modern in London, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg, or the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. The two artists live in New York.

 

 

Selected solo shows

2020

Off the Walls, Danysz gallery, Paris, France

 

2019
Deluxx Fluxx, Installation, Chelsea, New-York, Etats-Unis

Where the ends meet, Gordon gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

 

2018

From the Air We Share, MAMCS, Strasbourg, France 

Little By Little, gare SNCF, Strasbourg, France

 

2017

Meet Me Halfway, Danysz gallery, Paris, France

Size of the Fight, Library Street Collective, Detroit, MI, Etats-Unis

Stages, Galerie Springmann, Berlin,Allemagne

 

2016

Strong Currents, Gordon Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel


2015

FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, Etats-Unis
FAILE: Wishing on You, Times Square, New York, New York, Etats-Unis

2013

Where Wild Won?t Break, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, Etats-Unis
Faile Wheels, NYC Ballet Art Series Installation at Lincoln Center, Koch Theater, New York, New York, Etats-Unis
Faile Tower, NYC Ballet Art Series Installation at Lincoln Center, Koch Theater, New York, New York, Etats-Unis

2012

Eat With the Wolf, Commissioned Public Sculpture by Mongolian Arts Council, Oulan Bator, Mongolie
104 North 7th Project, Brooklyn, New York, Etats-Unis

2011

Houston and Bowery Mural, New York, New York, Etats-Unis
Faile 'A Decade of Prints and Originals', Post No Bills, Venice Beach, Californie, Etats-Unis

2010

Temple, Portugal Arte 10, Lisbonne, Portugal

2006

24th Anniversary Mural, Weiden+Kennedy, Portland, Oregon, Etats-Unis

2005

The Room NYC, New York, New York, Etats-Unis

2004

Break Beat Science, Tokyo, Japon
One Eye Space, Los Angeles, Californie, Etats-Unis

 

Selected group shows

 

2019

Beyond the Streets, Brooklyn, NY, Etats-Unis

 

2018

Art From The Streets, Art Science Museum, Singapore, Singapour

Beyond the Streets, Los Angeles, CA, Etats-Unis

 

2017

Street Generation(s), curated by Magda Danysz, Condition Publique, Roubaix, France

 

2016

Love Me, Love Me Not, NYC Parks Department, Transmitter Park, Brooklyn, NY City Lights, MIMA Museum, Brussels, Belgium

Art from the streets, Central Academy of Fine Art Museum, Pékin, Chine

Et J'ai Retenu Mon Souffle, Street Art 13, Paris, France


2014

FAILE & BÄST, Deluxx Fluxx Arcade Edinburgh, Summerhall Museum, Ecosse
The Provocateurs, Art Alliance, Chicago, Illinois, Etats-Unis
RE:DEFINE MTV?s Staying Alive Foundation Art Benefit, Dallas, Texas, Etats-Unis
Darren Aronofsky?s Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood, New York, New York, Etats-Unis
Cat Art Show, 101/Exhibit, Los Angeles, Californie, Etats-Unis

2013

FAILE & BÄST, Deluxx Fluxx Arcade Miami Beach, Miami, Floride, Etats-Unis

2012
Damien Hirst's Murderme Private Collection, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella, Turin, Italie
The Boneyard Project, Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, Arizona, Etats-Unis
Sotheby's Sick Children's Trust Benefit Sale, Londres, Angleterre

2011
Underbelly Show, Art Basel Miami, Miami, Floride, Etats-Unis
T&J Artwalk for Human Rights Watch, Oslo, Norvège
RE:DEFINE MTV?s Staying Alive Foundation Art Benefit, Dallas, Texas, Etats-Unis
Art Mère / Art Père Auction LIVESTRONG Benefit, Los Angeles, Californie, Etats-Unis

2010
FAILE & BÄST, Deluxx Fluxx Arcade, New York, NY, Etats-Unis ; Londres, Angleterre
Underbelly Project, Brooklyn, New York, Etats-Unis
Viva La Revolucion: Dialogue With The Urban Landscape, Museum Of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Californie, Etats-Unis

2009

Plastic Culture: Legacies of Pop 1986 ? 2008, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Lancanshire, Angleterre

2008
Street Art, Tate Modern, Londres, Angleterre
Cans Festival, Londres, Angleterre
Art Singapore, Collectors Contemporary, Singapour

2007

Generations, USA, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine
Separation Wall Mural, Santa's Ghetto, Bethlehem, Palestine
The Burning House (Faile, Dave Ellis, and Swoon), Museum Hetdomein, Pays-Bas

2006

Spank the Monkey, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts, Newcastle-Gateshead, Angleterre
Tiger Translate, Shanghai Sculpture Space, Shanghai, Chine
Wall Snatchers, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, Columbia, Etats-Unis
11 Spring St. Show, New York, New York, Etats-Unis

2005
Design Edge, IdN, Singapore, Singapour
The Pony Show, New York, New York, Etats-Unis

2004

Weiden + Kennedy, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas
Espai Pupu, Barcelone, Espagne
Lab 101, Los Angeles, Californie, Etats-Unis
Les Complices, Zurich, Suisse
Mural, Diesel Store, Austin, Texas, Etats-Unis