“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog,” Mark Twain once said. Is it this very quote that inspired the Library Street Collective and the Brooklyn-based artist duo FAILE for the latest exhibition dedicated to the city of Detroit. Once an industrial hub, the Michigan gem is now a versatile art scene and one of the best places for street art in the world. Inspired by the resilience, passion, and energy that the local community brings to the infrastructure and arts, FAILE honor the city’s impressive comeback over the past few years with a new set of unique artworks.
Twelve New Paintings by FAILE
For The Size of the Fight exhibition at LSC, Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller of FAILE are bringing twelve new paintings. Following their practice of incorporating popular imagery, bold hues, layered source material and enigmatic text into their work, the artists paint separate woodblocks and patch them together. The stunning visual result reflects in textured, quilt-like pieces imbued with a sense of nostalgia. ”We are interested in exploring American Folk Art through the lens of our urban art,” commented Patrick Miller. Indeed, their explorations are truly original and recognizable immediately, as they ooze in intriguing patterns, familiar imagery and pensive characters we can all relate to.
Eye Candy Deluxe
Looking for a space for their Public Matter program, the Library Street Collective has transformed a formerly disused alleyway near the gallery into an open exhibition space called “The Belt”. There, they welcome one artist per year, as they put on display a series of panels. This time round, FAILE will mount five large-scale painted, stenciled and silkscreened works on wood panels that incorporate textile design patterns, images of urban signage, American Folk Art elements, abstract grids and typography. As Patrick McNeil explains: ”They’re eye candy deluxe. We wanted to celebrate what we do in the urban environment with a nod to our studio practice.”
The Size of the Fight at the Library Street Collective
The FAILE: The Size of the Fight exhibition will be on view at Library Street Collective in Detroit, MI, USA, from June 24th through August 12th, 2017. The opening reception with the artists at the gallery is scheduled for June 24th from 6pm to 8pm, while the Public Matter Reception and the Afterparty will continue on until 11pm. At the conclusion of FAILE’s Public Matter exhibition, LSC and FAILE will donate one of the Public Matter works to Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences, a Detroit-based charter school that views artistic development as central to the education of today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders. The artwork will be displayed in the school’s common areas for students’ daily interaction.
Featured image: FAILE – DET Modern Living, 2017. Acrylic and Silkscreen Ink on Blocks, Steel Frame, 81 x 65 x 3 in. All images courtesy Library Street Collective.