FAILE is a Brooklyn-based artistic collaboration between Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller. Since its inception in 1999, FAILE has been known for a wide-ranging multimedia practice recognizable for its explorations of duality through a fragmented style of appropriation and collage. 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.
Check out this video highlight of a really cool project they did for the New York City Ballet and some of their other work below.
Los Angeles based artist Shepard Fairey, has been incredibly supportive of our efforts to help provide people in need with access to clean water. We collaborated on a print last September and so far, Shepard’s support has raised just under $15,000 for clean water projects. We are expanding on last year’s collaboration with this tee.
INVADER is a well-known French street artist. His work is modeled on the crude pixilation of 1970s 8-bit video games. He took his name from the 1978 arcade game Space Invaders, and much of his work is composed of square ceramic tiles inspired by video game characters. Although he prefers to remain incognito, and guards his identity carefully, his distinctive creations can be seen in many highly visible locations in more than 60 cities in 30 countries. He documents each intervention in a city as an “Invasion”, and has published books and maps of the location of each of his street mosaics.
Invader sees himself as a hacker of public space spreading a virus of mosaic; the streets are his canvas, his invasions gifts to the city and its people. He believes that museums and galleries are not accessible to everyone, so he deliberately makes his works public by installing them at street level for ordinary people to enjoy on a daily basis.
On Thursday, March 13, at 10:00 AM PST, BNE.org will be releasing three, limited edition, collaborative t-shirts with Shepard Fairey, FAILE and Space Invader. These organic cotton tees are made in Los Angeles and limited to 100 pieces per artist. $7 from each tee sold will be donated to charity:water, a NYC based non-profit organization. Tees will not be printed until they sell out, this will ensure size and color availability to all 300 buyers. Best of luck getting one, they are expected to sell out quickly.