FAILE Exhibition

Faile /   Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller

United States 1999

Urban Art, Installation, Prints

Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller
United States
December 18, 2013

FAILE is an artistic collaboration between Patrick McNeil  and Patrick Miller, known for a wide ranging multimedia practice recognizable for its explorations of duality through a fragmented style of appropriation and collage.

Patrick Miller and Patrick McNeill, two close collaborators grew up together in Arizona, USA during the 1970s. They began working together in New York in the late 1990s. Aiko Nakagawa, an early collaborator, left to pursue her own career under the name Lady Aiko in 2006.

From their beginnings stenciling and wheat-pasting collages made from pulp imagery, including fliers for underground music acts and specialist prostitutes, to their incredibly successful print editions inspired by comic book culture, to the ambitious architectural works such as The FAILE Temple and giant sculpture The Wolf Within, FAILE have constantly evolved their unique artistic style. The forms of expression they chose seem contradictory – arcade machines and traditional American quilts for example. But they are a reminder that progressive subcultures like urban art often spotlight that which can be found lacking in mainstream thinking.

While painting and printmaking remain central to their approach, over the past decade FAILE has adapted its signature mass culture-driven iconography to vast array of materials and techniques, from wooden boxes and window pallets to more traditional canvas, prints, sculptures, stencils, installation, and prayer wheels. FAILE’s work is constructed from found visual imagery, and blurs the line between “high” and “low” culture, but recent exhibitions demonstrate an emphasis on audience participation, a critique of consumerism, and the incorporation of religious media, architecture, and site-specific/archival research into their work.

The duo made a smooth transition from street activity to gallery pieces when they began exhibiting in the early 2000s. These shows featured large format, limited edition works on paper and board, plus physical items such as “FAILE boxes”, which resemble chests for personal keepsakes. The two-dimensional pieces at first followed the collage format of their street work, but soon evolved into mini-narratives taking the form of imaginary comic book covers. These compositions are produced to such a professional level that one is left wondering if they are original or appropriated. Often they contain considerable hand finishing, and due to handling during the process often appear “worn” or “vintage” in feel. Besides a voracious market in limited edition works on paper and imaginative sculptural works, FAILE’s career since those first gallery shows has been characterised by a number of impressive large-scale installations.

FAILE’s art reaches beyond the urban art niche to touch a generation. The duo’s work uses imagery associated with popular culture to examine complex, and often neglected, metaphysical issues facing the artists’ epoch.

They live in Brooklyn.

YearExhibition titleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014FAILE, Works on Wood- Process, Paintings and SculptureAllouche Gallery, New YorkSolo
2014Fuel, Fantasy, FreedomGalerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna, AUSolo
2014Inaugural ExhibitionAllouche Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2014FAILE & BÄST, Deluxx Fluxx Arcade EdinburghSummerhall Museum, Scotland, UKGroup
2014The Provocateurs Art Alliance, Chicago, ILGroup
2014RE-DEFINE MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation Art BenefitDallas, TXGroup
2014Juxtapoz 20th Anniversary ShowJonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2014Darren Aronofsky’s Fountains of the Deep - Visions of Noah and the FloodNew York, NYGroup
2014Cat Art Show101/Exhibit, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2013Where Wild Won’t BreakDallas Contemporary, Dallas, TXSolo
2013Faile Tower, NYC Ballet Art Series Installation Lincoln Center, Koch Theater, New York, NYSolo
2013FAILE & BÄSTDeluxx Fluxx Arcade Miami Beach, Miami, FLGroup
2013Wooster Collective 10 Year AnniversaryJonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013DRUCK BERLIN: Screenprint FestivalSTATTBAD WEDDING, BerlinGroup
2013Cash, Cans & CandyGalerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna, AUGroup
2012V1x - Tonight We Wont Be Bored V1 Gallery, CopenhagenGroup
2012At home I'm tourist me Collectors Room Berlin, BerlinGroup
2012Streets of the World Opera Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Toykio Loves Gol Toykio Gallery, DusseldorfGroup
2011Urban Art Show 2011 Belgrave Gallery St Ives, St. Ives, Cornwall (England)Group
2011“West End Rebellion” Scream London, London (England)Group
2011Playing Field Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art, Culver City, CAGroup
2011Status - Somewhere Between Position And Condition V1 Gallery, CopenhagenGroup
2011Fragments of FaileLazarides Rathbone Place , London Solo
2011Street Art Saved My Life: 39 NYC storiesC.A.V.E. Gallery , VeniceGroup
2011"LA WORKS ON PAPER" A Decade of Prints and OriginalsPOST NO BILLS , Venice BeachSolo
2010A Decade Of Faile Lazarides Gallery, London (England)Solo
201010th Anniversary Fecal Face group show The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010Viva la Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - MCASD Downtown, San Diego, CAGroup
2010PortugalArte10 PortugalArte, LisbonGroup
2010Shred Perry Rubenstein Gallery - 527 West 23 Street, New York City, NYGroup
2010BEDTIME STORIESPerry Rubenstein Gallery - W. 23rd St, New YorkSolo
2010RE:FORM SCHOOL pop up art exhibition233 Mott Street (at Prince) 10012 NYC, New York Group
2010The Faile Bast Deluxx Fluxx ArcadeLazarides Rathbone Place , London Solo
2010Meet Me InsideGagosian Gallery - Beverly Hills Group
2009Grifters show Lazarides Gallery, London (England)Group
2009The Urban Legends Collectors Contemporary, SingaporeGroup
2009Plastic Culture: Legacies of Pop 1962 – 2008 Bradford 1 Gallery, Bradford (England)Group
2009The Law of Fives (5th Anniversary Exhibition) Perry Rubenstein Gallery - 527 West 23 Street, New York City, NYGroup
2009Plastic Culture The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall (England)Group
2009Get Rich Quick Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art, Culver City, CAGroup
2009Plastic Culture: Legacies of Pop 1986 - 2008 Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Lancashire (England)Group
2009Usa Print Show Jealous Gallery, London (England)Group
2009Six Degrees of SeparationThe Brick Lane Gallery , London Group
2009Grow UpLazarides Rathbone Place , LondonGroup
2008"Lost in Glimmering Shadows" London, UKSolo
2008“Poster Resistance 2” New Image Art Gallery - Los Angeles, USAGroup
2008Outsiders The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, West Midlands (England)Group
2008Street Art Tate Modern, London (England)Group
2008The Cans Festival The Cans Festival, London (England)Group
2008Fairfax + HaightVASF, San FranciscoGroup
2007“Nothing Lasts Forever” 201 Stanton Street - New York, USASolo
2007“From Brooklyn with Love” Laz. Inc - London, UKSolo
2007“The Burning House” (Faile, Swoon & Dave Ellis) Museum Hetdomein - Sittard, NetherlandsGroup
2007“The Burning House” (Faile, Swoon & Dave Ellis) New Image Art Gallery - Los Angeles, USAGroup
2007"My 2007" Colette - Paris, FranceGroup
2007Pop! Collectors Contemporary, SingaporeGroup
2007Guestroom #6: New Image Art Gallery The Burning House - Museum het Domein, SittardGroup
2007GENERATIONS.UsA PinchukArtCentre, KievGroup
2006"Faile Prints" Fifty24 - Portland, USASolo
2006"Spank the Monkey" Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts - Newcastle-Gateshead, UKGroup
2006"Tiger Translate" Shanghai Sculpture Space - Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2006"Animalia" Irvine Contemporary – Washington DC, USAGroup
2006Mural Commission Wieden+Kennedy - Portland, USAGroup
2006"Wall Snatchers" Washington Project for the Arts - Washington DC, USAGroup
2006"Swish" Laz Inc. – London, UKGroup
2006There is a U in Us V1 Gallery, CopenhagenGroup
2006Spank the Monkey BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (England)Group
2006“Wooster On spring”11 Spring Street – New York City Group
2005The Room NYC, USASolo
2005Fifty24SF - San Francisco, USASolo
2005Fifty24SF – San Francisco, USAGroup
2005“Ridiculousnessofitallshow” New Image Art Gallery - Los Angeles, USAGroup
2005Andenken Gallery – Denver, USAGroup
2005The Pony Show – New York, USAGroup
2005“ROJO Golden” Stay Gold Gallery – Brooklyn, USAGroup
2005“ROJO Golden” Urbis Artium Gallery – San Francisco, USAGroup
2005“The First LA Weekly Biennial” Track 16 Gallery - Los Angeles, USAGroup
2005“Design Edge” IdN - Singapore, SingaporeGroup
2005Supreme Trading N8 Gallery – Brooklyn, USAGroup
2004“Faile Presents...” Dazed & Confused Gallery - London, UKSolo
2004“Faile Fan Club” GAS Shop - Tokyo, JapanSolo
2004Weiden & Kennedy – Amsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2004Espai Pupu – Barcelona, SpainGroup
2004Lab 101 – Los Angeles, USAGroup
2004X-Girl – New York, USAGroup
2004One Eye Space – Los Angeles, USAGroup
2004Break Beat Science Showroom – Tokyo, JapanGroup
2004“Lavender” Transplant Gallery - New York, USAGroup
2004Mural Diesel Store - Austin, TexasGroup
2004“Pictures On Walls” Diesel Denim Gallery - New York, USAGroup
2004Media, Pirates and Me Les Complices*, ZurichGroup
2004V1 One - A Celebration of Rebellion V1 Gallery, CopenhagenGroup
2003“Battle Graphics” McCaig-Welles - New York, USAGroup
2003“Secret Party” Bob’s - New York, USAGroup
2003“Hasta Pronto” Centre Cultural Es Jonquet - Majorca, SpainGroup
2003“Back Jumps Live Issue” Bethanien Kreuzberg - Berlin, GermanyGroup
2003“Fancy Faile and Bast” Neurotitan Haus Schwarzenberg - Berlin, GermanyGroup
2003“Jungle LP Show” Rocket Gallery - Tokyo, JapanGroup
2003“Broken Sunshine” Firehouse 87 Lafayette St - New York, USAGroup
2003“The Big Group Show” M3Projects - New York, USAGroup
2002V1 Gallery – Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2002Surface 2 Air – Paris, FranceGroup
2002Dragon Bar – London, UKGroup
2002Max Fish Gallery – New York, USAGroup
2002Gas Experiment – Tokyo, JapanGroup
2002Dragon Bar – London, UKGroup