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Calling all pinball wizards! This Thursday, July 23, we will be hosting another Art Off the Wall inspired by our new exhibition FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds. The event revolves around a tournament inside FAILE’s Deluxx Fluxx Arcade, a highly interactive and visually stimulating installation of pinball machines and video games made in collaboration with artist BÄST. In addition to the Deluxx Fluxx Arcade, the exhibition features statuary and interactive installations referencing street art, pop culture, art history, and the landscape of New York City. 

The event also features a special DJ set by FAILE friend and Grammy Award-winning producer and recording artist Swizz Beatz and opener DJ Runna. Whether you come for the games or the beats, this is one event that is not to be missed! 

Posted by Allyson Pereyra

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“We started out on the street to directly interact with the public—to simply get our work out there and not have to ask to be let into the system of high art despite respecting its place and hoping to have a place in it someday. In a way, that’s always been a struggle. To now have a solo show at one of the top museums in New York City and concurrently have a public art piece in one of the most visited places in the world in Times Square really says something about how far we’ve come. We still feel like we have a lot left to accomplish but it is a special moment given where we started.” - Patrick Miller of FAILE

Read our interview: Modern Myth-Making :: An Interview With Brooklyn Artist Collaboration FAILE

(portrait photo above by Jaime Rojo of Brooklyn Street Art)

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Starting this Friday, visitors to the Brooklyn Museum will not only be able to stroll through the history of sneaker culture, they will also have the opportunity to experience the work of FAILE, a collaboration between Brooklyn-based artists Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller. Working together since 1999, they have produced everything from paintings, sculptures, and multimedia installations to outdoor projects featuring wheat-pasted prints and large-scale murals. Their work questions our relationships to consumer culture, religious traditions, and the urban environment by blurring the boundaries between fine art, street art, and popular culture.

For the centerpieces of their Brooklyn Museum exhibition, FAILE has united two major projects initiated in 2010—The FAILE & BÄST Deluxx Fluxx Arcade and Temple, and paired them with new sculptures and paintings. These works epitomize the artists’ ongoing practice of mixing and re-mixing found imagery to create a unique visual iconography. FAILE draws on a wide range of sources, both as homage and as subversions of common stereotypes. You’ll see imagery borrowed from a wide range of traditions—everything from American quilts, folk art, Native American design, Renaissance sculpture, Tibetan art, and religious architecture, to pulp magazines, comic books, sci-fi movie posters, adult entertainment advertisements, storefront typography, and especially elements of their Brooklyn surroundings.

Whether experiencing their Temple evoking religious architecture with a playful reimagining of spirituality in the age of globalization, or playing the games in their Deluxx Fluxx Arcade, created in collaboration with the Brooklyn artist known as BÄST, you’ll witness their skilled interweaving of the sacred and profane, past and present, high and low, along with the many other contradictions inherent in our daily lives, and by extension in the art of FAILE.

Posted by Sharon Matt Atkins