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“FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds”

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Time Out says

As the careers of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat show, the street can often be an avenue into the art world, something certainly true for Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller. Two Brooklyn artists collaborating under the all-caps name of FAILE, they’ve jumped from plastering walls around Williamsburg to exhibiting in galleries and museums. Their work consists of dense collages of pop-cultural imagery, a riot of bold colors and lines melded into a graphic synthesis of true romance comics, pulp-fiction covers and religious kitsch. The also create installations, and this show includes two major examples: A video arcade, complete with vintage games, created in concert with BÄST, another Brooklyn artist; and a self-described temple: a life-size structure resembling a small, partially ruined church. Skirted with ceramic tiles, and covered with carved reliefs, the piece is a warped ecclesiastical rumination on religion, porn and advertising.


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