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Faile Interview

Posted in Film & Video with tags , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2012 by wallkandy

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New Book ‘Faile Prints + Originals 1999 – 2009’ Coming Soon

Posted in Publication with tags , , , , on June 23, 2010 by wallkandy
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I know Faile have been working on this book long and hard for a few months now so it’s great to see some news on the publishers website of a book that is sure to be on most fans shopping list, it’s certainly on mine.  Gestalten, who also brought us Beyond the Street, show the book as being available in September of this year so fans will have to be a little patient.

Faile have been very busy over the last few months with not only preparing this book but also their show Fluxx Deluxx together with Bäst at Lazarides in London & then New York. We’ve also seen some really nice print releases in this time.

Whilst the books won’t be ready for release until September you can pre-order your copy to ensure you receive it as early as possible.  The published prices will be € 44,00 / $ 69,00 / £ 40,00 but it is available with a discount on pre-order.

More information and pictures after the jump..

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Beyond the Street – New York City Launch

Posted in Publication, Shows, Events & Venues with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2010 by wallkandy

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about this already, maybe I imagined I had or maybe I just can’t see for looking.  It’s a great book with plenty to keep you occupied with over 100 interviews & plenty of accompanying images.

Beyond the Street
Editors: Patrick Nguyen, Stuart Mackenzie

Release: April 2010
Price: € 49,90 / $ 78,00 / £ 45,00
Format: 24 x 30 cm
Features: 400 pages, full color, hardcover, quarter-bound with hot foil embossing
ISBN: 978-3-89955-290-4

Amazon Price £37.75 inc delivery, buy your copy Here

Here’s the publishers blurb

Comprised of interviews with 100 key players from around the world, Beyond the Street offers a comprehensive examination of street and urban art. Insiders Patrick Nguyen and Stuart Mackenzie question each of their subjects on every conceivable aspect of the genre – from the past to the future, from the artists’ ideals to their daily lives, from working in complete freedom to working in the art and commercial worlds. The thought-provoking range of answers make the 400-page book an incomparably extensive source of direct, unfiltered information.

Beyond the Street features interviews with leading artists such as Shepard Fairey, Swoon, and Os Gemeos. The book also offers the views of representatives of the most important sales outlets for street art including Jeffrey Deitch and Jonathan LeVine Gallery. In addition, curators from auction houses such as Christie’s and Phillips de Pury comment on the development of street art in a classical art context. Interviews with key commentators, collectors, and enthusiasts such as Martha Cooper, Wooster Collective, and Agnes B. provide further insight. Brought together, these separate and distinct perspectives create a uniquely authentic collective portrait of street and urban art that is captivating, informative, and entertaining.

Each interview in Beyond the Street is richly illustrated with photographs of an inspiring collection of work. In addition to presenting outdoor work, the book also features the pieces that the artists have created for exhibitions and other indoor spaces. The commercial aspect of the street art movement is rigorously documented for the first time. Among the photographs featured are a number of images of the artists’ studios or the artists themselves at work, providing a rare glimpse into their methods and environments.

Features: 12ozProphet. Aaron Rose. Agnès B. Akay. Alexandre Farto (a.k.a. Vhils). Alëxone Dizac. A.L.I.C.E. Gallery. Andipa Gallery. Anthony Lister. Bast. Beejoir. Black Rat Press Gallery. Blek le Rat. BLK / MRKT Gallery. Blu. Boris Hoppek. Boris Tellegen (a.k.a. Delta). Brad Downey. Carmichael Gallery. Christie’s. Circleculture Gallery. Conor Harrington. Dan Witz. Dave Kinsey. David Choe. Deitch Projects. D*Face. Dolk. Doze Green. Dzine. Eine. Elbow-Toe. Ericailcane. Escif. Faile. Futura. Gaia. Galerie L.J. Galerie Magda Danysz. Galleria Patricia Armocida. Herakut. HuskMitNavn. Iguapop Gallery. Invader. Jonathan LeVine Gallery. José Parlá. JR. Judith Supine. Juxtapoz Magazine. kennardphillipps. Know Hope. Labrona. Lazarides Gallery. Logan Hicks. Lucas Price (a.k.a. Cyclops). Lucy McLauchlan. Mark Jenkins. Martha Cooper & Henry Chalfant. Matt Small. Miss Van. Mode 2. Momo. N2 Gallery. New Image Art. Nick Walker. Nuart Festival. Nuria Mora. Os Gêmeos. Other. Patti Astor. Pedro Alonzo. Phillips de Pury & Company. Retna. Ron English. Saber. Sam3. Shepard Fairey. Sixeart. Slinkachu. Sotheby’s. Souled Out Studios. Speto. SpY. Stelios Faitakis. Stephan Doitschinoff (a.k.a. Calma). Steve Powers (a.k.a. ESPO). StolenSpace Gallery. Studio Cromie / FAME Festival. Subliminal Projects Gallery. Sweet Toof. Swoon. Tate Modern. Titi Freak. Todd James. Tristan Manco. V1 Gallery. WallKandy Art Forum. Walter Nomura (a.k.a. Tinho). WK Interact. Wooster Collective. Zevs.

Reception: Thursday, May 27th, 6 – 8 pm

Deitch Projects
18 Wooster Street
New York, NY  10013

Kindly RSVP by May 26th,

PLEASE NOTE: Although this is an open event, guests must RSVP at the above email address. Guests are recommended to show up early — the gallery has a strict policy of a maximum of 189 people on its premises at any one time.

Book signing with featured contributors including 12ozProphet / Allen Benedikt, Dzine, Elbow-Toe, Faile, Gaia, Henry Chalfant, Jonathan LeVine, José Parlá, Labrona, Logan Hicks, Martha Cooper, MOMO, Patti Astor, Pedro Alonzo, Ron English, Saber, Sweet Toof, WK Interact and Wooster Collective / Marc and Sara Schiller.

Interview with Faile – Deluxx Fluxx New York City

Posted in Art, Artist Interviews, News, Shows, Events & Venues with tags , , , , , , on May 6, 2010 by stuey09

Take a walk down Allen Street in New York’s lower East Side and you might just reawaken nostalgic memories from a misspent youth.  Brooklyn based artists Faile, in a joint collaboration with Bast, have put together Deluxx Fluxx, a neon feast of video arcade machines and images that transcends back to the days when this area was immersed in its graffiti culture.  Faile took some time out to discuss the inspiration for this show.

The inspiration was really just 80’s arcades. I would think we wasted many years popping tokens and zoning out to 8-bit graphics but now it somehow feels the circle is complete. We had the chance to do a small show at Laz’s space with only a few months notice and we immediately thought of collaborating with Bast. It had been 5 years since our last show together so it really felt like time to create something together again. The idea came about very organically. It was really only supposed to be a small show but the idea grew and we went for it.

The show at Lazarides in London was well received, but had they learned anything from that event which may have influenced any changes for the NYC show?

After doing the show in London, we learned a lot and had so much of the groundwork built to do the show again. There was a real sense of joy in seeing people interact with the work in this way and that was the whole point of the show from the beginning. We wanted to bring it to NYC and it was something we wanted to do on our own. Just to make it happen, much like our street art. We knew we wanted to create new machines here, to make it a new experience but the same style show. One of the main changes was the neon. We went with something a little brighter for NYC. Other than that we built on what we already knew.

The installations offer visitors an opportunity to interact with the artwork, not only via the arcade machines, but also with a neon football (foosball) game.  Furthermore a completely new set of machines have been used for the New York exhibition. However a couple of images appear similar to art from previous works.  How did Faile feel about the notion that using older images isn’t offering up anything significantly new or progressive?

I think in terms of the machine there is only one classic Faile image, being the Monster. The Fashion Chimps really never had a full image of their own so that is something new we’ve worked. But in a broader context, I think it’s very akin, as much of the work is, to the visual tapestry of New York City. There are bits and pieces that you associate with, relate to and come to love on a variety of levels. All these little elements help define your relationship to the city. In a way, this is how the Faile images have become to us. It’s something that has a time and a place in our work. It’s like a character in a story that is slowly unfolding. You don’t quite realize its place until you start to see its relationships with others. The images act as icons within this context and are central to the long-term work of Faile, evolving and growing within its relationships to the newer works.

Also, we don’t release these images as prints anymore they only appear as bits and pieces in final works. Classic images do still show up in the tapestry of installations but these are not pieces for sale. I will say though we are still exploring older images in the way of sculptures as this is a medium we are serious about and feel it relates to our vision of the images and icons that are created.

To coincide with the Lazarides Deluxx Fluxx show in Greek Street, the gallery also showed a retrospective exhibition of Faile’s work at Rathbone Place, which showed the breadth of Faile’s work over the previous 10 years.  However looking forward, Faile are as enthusiastic as ever and revealed the following hints for what’s coming up in the near future

A large sculpture project this summer and a painting show later this Fall with Perry Rubenstein in NYC. There are a few other projects we’ve been working on that we will show through the web and offer an exhibit online before showing it physically. We will be releasing a book of prints and originals that span a decade of Faile this Fall.

All New York City photos with thanks to Patrick/Faile

Further London set up and show pictures here


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‘Now’s The Time’ – Black Rat Projects

Posted in Art, Shows, Events & Venues with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2010 by wallkandy

This week Wallkandy will be visiting Black Rat Projects (formally Black Rat Press) who have their first show of 2010 opening on Friday.

From Black Rat Projects

‘Now ‘s the Time’ features important works by arguably the most influential artists ever to have worked in the streets. We will be exhibiting works by artists including Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Banksy, Barry McGee, Faile and Os Gemeos. The exhibition opens on April 23rd.

We will post Gallery photos later this week but you can check out other shows at Black Rat by visiting my gallery sets

Photos will also be posted on

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