1975 · Canada

Artist biography

Faile is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Canada, like other prominent artists such as Sojourner Truth Parsons, Guillaume Cardell, Tanya Poole, Beau Dick, and Jennifer Marman. Faile was born in 1975.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Faile's work. These are Alma Zevi | Venice in Italy and Allouche Gallery in the United States. Faile most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Ernst Hilger in Vienna (11 June 2018 until 16 June 2018) with the exhibition VOLTA14. Faile's only other exhibition is Size of the Fight, which took place at Library Street Collective in Detroit, the United States (23 June 2017 - 12 August 2017).

Further Biographical Context for Faile

Faile was born in 1975 and was primarily inspired by the 1990s growing up. In the United Kingdom, a collective of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, connected generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most well-known member of YBAs is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs gained a divisive reputation image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group dominated the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a leading idea in the 1990s. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this outline.


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