Faile, the Street Art duo comprised of Patrick McNeil and Patrick Mille (American, b.1975; b.1976), formed their Brooklyn-based multimedia collaborative in 1999. They have conjured a wide array of works over the years, using original iconography and appropriating images from mass media, such as kissing women, Popeye, and old-time boxers. Faile began covering building exteriors with pioneering techniques in wheatpasting and stenciling, before expanding their repertoire to paintings, collage, prints, and sculpture. These elements converge in immersive installations in which Faile creates total self-manufactured spaces. Deluxx Fluxx (2010), an arcade created in conjunction with BAST, was installed in two galleries—first in London, then New York. At each gallery, everything was swathed in Faile’s adhesive prints, from the walls and ceiling to the game consoles. The games were tailor-made for each location in collaboration Adapted Studio and Seth Jabour. Temple (2010) was a site-specific installation set up on Praça dos Restauradores Square in Lisbon, Portugal, for the Portugal Arte 10 Festival. In the middle of the square, Faile built a small temple in ruins and covered with relief sculpture as well as custom decorated tiles. Inside, a previously-created two-dimensional work, Scuba Horse, was realized as a sculptural fountain utilizing white, blue, and gold color palette as a nod towards the Portuguese landscape.
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