Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The New York City Ballet has commissioned Brooklyn art team Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, better known as FAILE. Their installation, Les Ballets De Faile, was created for the Art Series performances on Friday, February 1, and Wednesday, May 29. They have created Tower of Faile, a 40-foot sculpture made of more than 2,000 wood blocks decorated with text and images. The tower will be on exhibit in the theater promenade, where it can be viewed from five rings of balconies, during the NYCB'S winter season from Jan. 15 through Feb. 24.

Faile Art's Bio reads:
FAILE (Pronounced "fail") is a Brooklyn-based artistic collaboration between Patrick McNeil (b. 1975, Edmonton, CA) and Patrick Miller (b. 1976, Minneapolis, MN). Since its inception in 1999, FAILE has attained global recognition for their pioneering use of wheatpasting and stenciling in the increasingly established arena of street art, and for their explorations of duality through a fragmented style of appropriation and collage. During this time, FAILE adapted its signature mass culture-driven iconography to a wide array of media, from wooden boxes and window pallets to more traditional canvas, prints, sculptures, stencils, multimedia installation, and prayer wheels. While FAILE's work is constructed from found visual imagery, and blurs the line between “high” and “low” culture, recent exhibitions demonstrate an emphasis on audience participation, a critique of consumerism, and the incorporation of religious media and architecture into their work.



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