Everyone's favorite street art duo, the Patricks of Faile, return with a huge interactive installation at the The Brooklyn Museum. Faile describe the exhibit as raising "questions about our relationship to consumer culture, religious traditions, and the urban environment by blurring the boundaries between fine art, street art, and popular culture".
Patrons begin their journey by entering the exhibit to find a large open room featuring life size sculptures depicting characters in dramatic frozen positions, and a true to life sized temple reminiscent of ruins from classical literature.
The Faile temple is the Museum guests first chance at getting their interactive itch scratched. The outside of the structure is adorned with 3D reliefs of many of Faile's now classic images which have previously been pasted and painted all over the world. Inside the temple the viewer is allowed to turn giant spinning columns covered with more of Faile's trademark characters, and of course a true to life horse wearing a scuba mark enjoying a dip.
Adjacent to the temple are six wall sized canvasses which make up one continues collage of famous Faile imagery. If only I had a wall big enough to fit them in my apartment...
The next leg of your Faile adventure takes you into FAILE & BÄST Deluxx Fluxx Arcade, "an interactive environment created in collaboration with Brooklyn artist Bäst that includes video games, pinball machines, and foosball tables that are simultaneously sculptures and functioning games. The installation is a nostalgic nod to video arcades and punk rock and graffiti culture".
This room is just as trippy and overwhelming to the senses as the photo's demonstrate. Of course these images do it no real justice... I highly recommend you get down there and experience being engulfed in the beautiful madness first hand. If you can't make it down a second best option is to buy a copy of the black light poster
released today by Faile. It's a steal at $75.00 (the signed edition of 200 sold out already...).
Once you have enjoyed a couple games of foosball and decided which one of the Faile/BÄST images look the dopest in black light it's time to move on to the second leg of the arcade filled with custom pinball and arcade games featuring all of your favorite Faile X BÄST imagery free to play head to head or solo (Faile X BÄST tokens are available for $1 from a "change machine" if your looking to grab a cheap souvenir for yourself, or to make that friend that was to lazy to get off the couch and join you jealous).
In summation, this multi-faceted exhibit is a must see for a plethora of reasons. Just to name a few... it kept my ADHD at bay for at least a solid hour... it's fun for adults and kids alike... and seriously Faile never disappoint. If you miss this one I promise you will regret it.
FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds
July 10–October 4, 2015
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11238–6052
FYI... other current exhibitions you should check out while your getting your culture on currently include The Rise of Sneaker Culture (July 10–October 4, 2015), Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks (April 3–August 23, 2015,) and KAWS: “ALONG THE WAY” (June 10–December 6, 2015).
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Author: Matthew A. Eller