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September 19, 2013

Faile Brings Its Street Art to Texas

By Susan Michals | Art

Faile Brings Its Street Art to Texas
Couretsy of Dallas Contemporary

Opened on September 21, the exhibit “Where Wild Won’t Break,” at the Dallas Contemporary, put the work of Faile—a Brooklyn-based twosome known for influential street-art collaborations—on display. Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller met nearly 20 years ago and have been working together since 1999, creating everything from large-scale paintings to sculptures to multimedia installations.

Though McNeil and Miller are predominantly known as part of the street-art genre, they have eked out a niche with their dynamic visual imagery to change its perception—which, thanks to fellow artists like Retna and Shepard Fairey and shows like 2011’s “Art in the Streets” at L.A.’s MoCA, has morphed drastically over the past few years.

Going southwest to Dallas was a bit outside Faile’s urban comfort zone of New York, but it also provided a great deal of inspiration. “The theme for the show was greatly inspired by Texas and the idea of the West and westerns,” they say. “Americana and quilt making were also influential, as they are ongoing themes in our work.”

The images created ultimately played out in many different directions. “Faile draws images from our collective visual culture and finds meaning in the clutter of pictures and illustrations,” says Pedro Alonzo, adjunct curator at Dallas Contemporary. “In doing so, they have developed an impressive body of work based on the creation of a unique vocabulary of icons.”

Considering their myriad examinations of mass culture, do McNeil and Miller have a favorite piece in the exhibition? “Between the two of us there were a few specific images that were favorites,” says the pair. “ Almost Midnight, Where the Hammer Drops and Werewolves of Laredo.” Giddyup, indeed. Through December 22; 161 Glass St.; 214-821-2522; dallascontemporary.org.