Bold Notion is a study in transformation.
Conceived as a series, Bold Notion embraces and embodies the dynamic nature of CORE:—our space, our community, and our culture—and the artists who inspire us. Modern, playful, and inventive, Bold Notion redefines the club experience.
FAILE is a collaboration between Brooklyn-based artists Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller. Since its inception in 1999, FAILE has been known for a wide-ranging multimedia practice recognizable by its explorations of duality through a fragmented style of appropriation and collage. While painting and printmaking remain central to their approach, over the past decade FAILE has adapted its signature mass culture-driven iconography to a vast array of materials and techniques, from wooden boxes and window pallets to more traditional canvases, prints, sculptures, stencils, installation, and prayer wheels. FAILE’s work is constructed from found visual imagery, and blurs the line between “high” and “low” culture. For Bold Notion, FAILE brings a survey of their recent and most personal work—a complete reflection of their dynamic remixes, juxtapositions of dualities and iconic aesthetics. The works featured in Bold Notion are derived from three of FAILE’s recent iconic bodies of work, Fragments of Faile in 2011, Fuel, Fantasy, Freedom in 2014 and Works on Wood in 2009-2015.
FAILE have remained busy this year with their recent installation in Times Square, FAILE: Wishing on You, as well as their remarkable solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum this past summer, Savage/Sacred Young Minds. FAILE closes out 2015 with a dynamic transformation using their unique visual vocabulary for Bold Notion.
ROGER GASTMAN, CURATOR
Roger Gastman is a collector, curator, graffiti historian and urban anthropologist. He started writing graffiti as a teenager in Bethesda, Maryland, and later parlayed his love for it into a legitimate career, becoming a trusted mediator between the underground art scenes and mainstream culture. He founded and co-published Swindle magazine as well as many highly sought- after art books. As the founder and creative director of RRE, he has transformed graffiti and street artists into internationally recognized stars.
Gastman has been involved in critically acclaimed documentaries: Infamy, Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop (which earned an Academy Award nomination for best documentary), The Legend of COOL “DISCO” DAN, and the upcoming WALL WRITERS. He co-authored The History of American Graffiti, co-curated the groundbreaking MoCA Los Angeles’ Art in the Streets exhibit, and curated PUMP ME UP: D.C. subculture of the 1980s at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Gastman remains a maverick in brand consulting and works tirelessly to cement art and graffiti into the contemporary landscape.