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Art will save your life friends. A train operator in Rotterdam had a whale of a time when his (passengerless) train crashed through the buffers at the end of the track. Before plunging over 30 feet to the ground, a large plastic sculpture of a whale tail, called - we shit you not - “Saved by the Whale’s Tail”, saved him. Whale done sir, whale done! 

This week's Weekend Art Fix is brought to you by street artists FAILE - a Brooklyn based collaboration born in 1999. In light of our opening whale of a tale, we found an artwork by the duo that just says it all - It Happens Everyday. A little about FAILE... Patrick McNeil (born 1975, Edmonton, Alberta) plus Patrick Miller (born 1976, Minneapolis, Minnesota) equals FAILE (pronounced, "fail").

FAILE, is an anagram for, "A Life," the name of their first project. FAILE began life as a trio (originally including Aiko Nakagawa, born 1975, Tokyo), and they focused on dispersing their art on city streets around the world. Their style of wheat-pasted and stencilled work evoked the pulp-cultural and comic book characteristics of sixties pop artists such as Andy Warhol and Richard Hamilton.

The duo employ a diverse range of multimedia including painting and printmaking. In more recent years FAILE has focused on the use of unusual materials and techniques in their work, including wooden boxes, window pallets and a prayer wheel. FAILE also works with traditional media such as canvas, prints, sculptures and stencils.

FAILE have worked in different disciplines; fashion, painting and shoe design, in an effort to make the most of opportunities to work with other talented artists.

FAILE's work is distinctive for its visual cues and themes, particularly those relating to the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster, which is referenced in much of their art.

In 2006 FAILE's work featured alongside other noted street artists of the day such as Banksy and Shepard Fairey, in an exhibition famously titled, "Spank the Monkey." This exhibition marked the start of a gradual institutional acceptance of street art. Following that, London's Tate Modern Museum curated a show called simply "Street Art" which featured FAILE's work amongst other famous street artists of the time.

Following the global acceptance of street art, FAILE's work has also been seen at many international galleries and their installations have been commissioned by the likes of the New York City Ballet.

Enjoy this week's arty offering...

If you'd like to learn more about FAILE you can read about the duo here: FAIL(E) To Succeed. Or, if you need additional info about the artwork or would like to know what other FAILE pieces we have, give us a shout at [email protected] or [email protected] 

Want to try our artwork on your wall before you buy? Check out our Apptastic See It On Your Wall.

Until the next one, everything whale be ok

Blair & El xox 

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11 November 2020
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Elena
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9 November 2020
Here's a little more information about FAILE: "Most of our work juxtaposes images and printmaking is the perfect medium for layering imagery. But we're also interested in the contrasting of ideas and words, pop culture and fine art, attraction and fear, universality and ambiguity. Each piece entails multiple kinds of tension." ~ FAILE Source: "FAILE: Prints and Originals 1999 - 2009", Published by Gestalten, Berlin, 2010
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Georgina
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9 November 2020
What a story! The artwork says it all. Love it! Whale done! ;)
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When we read about the whale tail saving the train operator, we thought the same thing - "It Happens Everyday" by FAILE says it all!

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