JUNE 24 – AUGUST 12, 2017

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Library Street Collective (LSC) is proud to present the first Detroit exhibition for FAILE, the Brooklyn-based artist collaboration between Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller. The show’s title, The Size of the Fight, references Mark Twain’s quote, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog,” and relates to the city’s impressive comeback over the past few years. FAILE is inspired by the resilience, passion, and energy they see the Detroit community bringing to the city’s infrastructure and art scene.

Progenitors of the street art culture in the early 2000s, FAILE incorporates popular imagery, bold hues, layered source material, and enigmatic text into their work. In the LSC galleries, they’ll display twelve new paintings. Their process of painting separate woodblocks and patching them together results in textured, quilt-like works imbued with a sense of nostalgia. “We are interested in exploring American Folk Art through the lens of our urban life,” says Miller.



LSC has transformed a formerly disused alleyway near the gallery into a public exhibition space called “The Belt” and welcomes one artist per year to display a series of panels as part of their Public Matter program. FAILE will mount five large-scale painted, stenciled, and silkscreened works on wood panels that incorporate textile design patterns, images of urban signage, American Folk Art elements, abstract grids, and typography. “They’re eye candy deluxe,” says McNeil. “We wanted to celebrate what we do in the urban environment with a nod to our studio practice.”

FAILE: The Size of the Fight will be on view at Library Street Collective Detroit from June 24 – August 12, 2017 with the public opening and artist reception on June 24 from 6-8PM, along with a reception / afterparty for Public Matter in The Belt from 6-11PM.

FAILE is a Brooklyn-based collaboration between artists Patrick Miller and Patrick McNeil, known for a wide-ranging and nostalgic multimedia practice that explores American Folk Art and collage. Inspired by quiltmaking and illustration in countless markets and eras, the two have constructed a pop aesthetic all their own that has grown to incorporate religious media, architectural installation, site specificity and audience interaction. From wooden boxes to arcades and everything in between, their works are united through powerful imagery and text, using components of printed ephemera to reveal new meaning. Much like traditional quiltmaking – where scraps of fabric are reused to create new objects of beauty and function – FAILE deconstructs found material to create new narratives.

Solo and group exhibitions include those with the Brooklyn Museum, Tate Modern, and the Central Academy of Fine Art Museum in Beijing, China, among others; and public works such as the Bowery/Houston wall in New York City, Wishing on You in Times Square, Wolf Within (Mongolian Arts Council), and the Faile Temple in Portugal.

Patrick McNeil, American, b. 1975, Edmonton, Alberta; based in Brooklyn, New York
Patrick Miller, American, b.1976, Minneapolis, Minnesota; based in Brooklyn, New York

Library Street Collective specializes in cutting edge contemporary fine art with a focus on emerging and established artists who have pushed the boundaries of traditional medium and exhibition space. Located in the heart of downtown Detroit, we present regular group and solo exhibitions while contributing to the artistic renaissance of the city’s public, private, and heritage spaces. It is our mission to bring both world-renowned artists and exciting new work to a reimagined Detroit, as well as carry this sentiment as we expand our presence through exhibitions, special projects and art fairs nationally and internationally.