FAILE Installs a Prayer Wheel In the Middle of Times Square

 

Photograph courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

Photograph courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

New York, NY – There’s a little bit of sacred sitting amidst the lights and constant stream of noise in Times Square.

Times Square Arts* collaborates with contemporary artists to experiment and engage in one of the most iconic places – Times Square, have joined with the Brooklyn-based artists collaboration FAILE for FAILE: Wishing on You, an interactive public installation reimagining Asian prayer wheels.  Wishing on You explores this form of mediation with contemporary patterns of consumption, desire, and myth-making within a contextually juxtaposing landscape.

Prayer Wheels, used in some European, Asian, and American spiritual rituals are found in sacred gathering places.  Used for enlightenment – one would spin the prayer wheel clockwise while chanting the wheel’s inscribed mantra to accumulate good karma to purify oneself from the negative (bad karma).

FAILE’s spin on this spiritual symbol puts the contemporary offering in the hands of the public in an untraditional spot of communal gathering. The hand carved 7ft tall prayer wheel is full of the duo’s trademark typography, and eye-catching boldly colored collage graphics.

“The piece will ask viewers to think about what spirituality and desire look like in the context of affluent global cities and create a place of spontaneity and shared experience. Even the movement of the sculpture, with each turn of the wheel powering the neon lights on the piece, is an act of collaboration and hope rather than passive viewing.”

The piece will be on display at Broadway plaza between 42nd and 43rd Streets from August 17 – September 1, 2015; presented in collaboration with FAILE’s exhibition, FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds, running at the Brooklyn Museum from July 10- October 4, 2015.

photo by Jaime rojo/ Brooklyn Street Art

photo by Jaime rojo/ Brooklyn Street Art

Photograph courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

Photograph courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

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Photograph courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

Photograph courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

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*Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance, collaborates with contemporary artists and cultural institutions to experiment and engage with one of the world’s most iconic urban places. FAILE

For more information, visit www.faile.net.

JR joins the New York City Ballet Art Series

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The New York City Ballet is really upping the ante with their Art Series. Last year they collaborated with the NYC based Duo, FAILE – tickets for those performances sold out within days.

This year shouldn’t be any different now that they’ve released word of their partnership with the French Artist, JR. The sheer power of JR’s popularity and his broad influence on his social media following should make this project an instant hit.

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JR ARTSERIES NYC BALLET 2

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The special installation for the art series will be seen during the ballet performances on January 23rd, and February 7th & 13th. The advance tickets are gone, but keep checking the NYC Ballet website for updates. Don’t forget to link up with JR’s Instagram to see photos from the project as they’re released.

*photos via JR’s Instagram

FAILE & BAST DELUXX FLUXX ART ARCADE

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MIAMI BEACH – In the nondescript 1064 store front, a hot and stuffy arcade with churning box fans in the corners did nothing but permeate more hot air as the familiar sounds of excitement and joysticks being jammed filed out of the doorway and onto the street. In that stuffy room people were copping some serious nostalgia.

This revamp of the classic arcade was the brainstorm of BÄST & Brooklyn based artists Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller who make up the artistic duo Faile. Here in their mixed media arcade installation,  iconic video games were morphed into crazy pop culture themed games with hypnotic neon graphics. The classic Indy driving game became a race to steer a dollar bill on a road of cocaine. The Breaking Bad game let you take control of a pair of brass knuckles to beat the snots out of a pinata. The invaders spin off shot lasers out of Peter Pan’s spray can at flying eyes.

The art inspired games didn’t take long to get into – the game lengths were so short that people moved onto the next quickly so there was never really a long wait to play. If you ran through the games too quickly there was always foosball in the black light room to entertain you. Did I mention that the token machines in this joint spit out special Deluxx Fluxx coins…perfection.

Faile & Bast’s Deluxx Fluxx Arcade did not disappoint. If you were on some serious art overload and needed to get away from the fairs – this hit the spot. Shame that its poised to pack-up and leave Miami when the fairs roll out of town too.

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ART TAKEAWAY SHOWS WITH FAILE & THE NEW YORK CITY BALLET

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The New York City Ballet commissioned this AMAZING four-story high, 2,500 box installation piece from FAILE the Brooklyn-based artistic collaboration between Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller. The pallets and pieces of the installation are wood and very much part of an interactive show. Audience members for the Feb 1st and May 29th shows will receive a limited-edition work made specifically for this event.

I love FAILE’S statement on the project, “If they’re the ballet then we’re the New York City.  It’s a bit of mixing the grime with the glamour…wrestling with the beauty & the beast. It’s taking these two elements and pushing them together.”

Special gallery hours to see the work are February 10-17th.

*pics via The Wooster Collective but you can see some great behind the scenes shots from the FAILE site.  And of course order your tickets for the New York Ballets Art Series here.