New York based art collective Faile formed in 1999 and have since become pioneers of street art. Their name emerged from a common philosophy of learning, growing and creating from failure – A constant theme in the undercurrent of all their work. Faile juxtaposes a variation of visual influences, mostly taken from popular culture, from comic books to the yellow pages in order to address ideas such as dualism – love/hate, peace/war, and violence/beauty. There is a strong sense of collaboration in their work, something that is very important to Faile; not only in the act of working together but also in bringing a mixture of different styles and influences to single pieces. The group has often described themselves as “DJs synthesizing images to create visually visceral experiences.”
Faile started out wheat pasting flyposters to city walls where they still find much of their inspiration and later moved on to stencil work. They have since branched into sculpture and bookmaking but still remain based predominantly in screen-printing and stencil.
Frequent visitors to the streets of London, Faile’s success has afforded them an exhibition at the Tate Modern and they have sold out in shows all around the world.