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Epic Faile

Since its creation in 1999, Faile, the Brooklyn street art collaboration between Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, has had an overwhelming influence on “low art” and “high art” alike. Beginning with wheatpaste and stencils, the classic tools of the trade, Faile gradually moved onto printmaking, painting, sculpture and multimedia installations, maintaining their signature collage-style throughout. Their ability to branch out in other mediums is what ultimately established them as legitimate artists. Their recent work, which includes “customized Buddhist prayer wheels and an American flag reworked with Pueblo-inspired linework, relies on re-imagining sacred objects on an increasingly grand scale.”

Their most recent installation is definitely their grandest yet. “Temple” is a full-scale church in Lisbon’s Praça dos Restauradores Square, and marks a dramatic shift for the duo. Instead of referencing George Clinton in a poster or a stencil, Faile’s field of vision has broadened considerably to include, in the case of “Temple,” at least, the 15th-century Florentine sculptor Luca Della Robia.

As McNeil and Miller move onto bigger projects, Gestalten’s latest release commemorates their first 20 years with “Faile; Prints and Originals, 1999-2009.” It celebrates their most iconic images and takes a look at the process behind the finished work, whether it’s ink on paper or spray paint on concrete.