Faile Goes Colossal in Hell’s Kitchen

Faile in Hell's Kitchen (photo by Becki Fuller)
Faile in Hell’s Kitchen (photo by Becki Fuller)

Despite the fact that their opening at Dallas Contemporary is a little over one week away, the street art duo Faile just put the finishing touches on their largest public mural to date. While Patrick Miller and Patrick McNeil designed the mural themselves, the majority of the painting duties were handed over to Colossal Media, the same paint wizards behind NYC murals by artists such as Barry McGee , Greg Lamarche, and Banksy.

Faile in Hell's Kitchen (photo by Becki Fuller)
Faile in Hell’s Kitchen (photo by Becki Fuller)

The building itself – located on 44th Street near 8th Avenue – is significant for its historical roots as home to the Record Plant recording studios. Artists including Jimmi Hendrix (Electric Ladyland), Aerosmith (Get Your Wings, Toys in the Attic), and Cyndi Lauper (She’s so Unusual) recorded some of their greatest albums at this Hell’s Kitchen location, and John Lennon was recording “Walking on Thin Ice” at the Record Plant on the day that he was shot and killed.

Faile mural, detail (photo by Becki Fuller
Faile mural, detail (photo by Becki Fuller
Faile mural in Hell's Kitchen (photo by Becki Fuller)
Faile mural in Hell’s Kitchen (photo by Becki Fuller)
Faile mural in Hell's Kitchen (photo by Becki Fuller)
Faile mural in Hell’s Kitchen (photo by Becki Fuller)

Barry McGee in Downtown Brooklyn

Barry McGee (photo by Luna Park)

Downtown Brooklyn is one mural richer with this piece created by Barry McGee, commissioned by Vanity Fair, sponsored by Cadillac, and painted on a 96′ x 97′ wall on the side of Mark Morris Dance by Colossal.

Barry McGee (photo by Luna Park)
Barry McGee (photo by Luna Park)
Barry McGee (photo by Luna Park)
Barry McGee (photo by Luna Park)
Barry McGee (photo by Luna Park)
Barry McGee (photo by Luna Park)

New "Rock" on the Bowery

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Not to be outdone by its West Coast contemporaries and with the assistance of the Art Production Fund, the New Museum has begun practicing its hand at roll-down gate mural curation. For After Hours: Murals on the Bowery, 17 artists, including Bowery alum Barry McGee, were invited to participate. But don’t get too excited – none of the artists will actually be painting their designs. That honor has been bestowed on handpainted sign company, Colossal “Touched By the Hand of Banksy” Media. Speaking of the project to the NYT, co-founder of the Art Production Fund Yvonne Force explained, “It removes itself from the practice of real graffiti, but it plays with the idea”.

Kudos to the Smart Crew for their comment on the NYT article.