Among the artworks at the landmark exhibition of the artist FAILE at the Brooklyn Museum this summer is a massive, immersive installation done in collaboration with the infamous Brooklyn-based street artist Bast. The work is titled the “The FAILE and BAST Deluxx Fluxx Arcade” and it takes up several of the museum’s galleries.
The arcade is of the old-school 1980s-era style with pinball machines, pixelly video games and foosball tables all designed by the artists. The arcade’s decor and games are an edgy, playful, and noisy cavalcade of the FAILE and BAST aesthetic.
In a separate gallery with foosball tables, all of the available surface space is adorned with black-light posters. The videogames were designed by the artists and include one wherein the players must spur the cycle of urban gentrification of a derelict neighborhood into one with shiny new luxury condos.
We just caught sight of the new street-art mural at the Deitch Wall, at the corner of Houston Street and the Bowery, in downtown Manhattan, New York City. “Marty” seems to be the work of a group of artists who were putting the finishing touches on the artwork as we arrived. Among the artists there was Brooklyn-based, Japanese street-art superstar Lady Aiko (also of FAILE) at work on a part of the painting. The mural appears to be a birthday tribute to photographer Martha Cooper, who in 1984 published her seminal book of photography titled “Subway Art.” The book documented the myriad graffiti art that covered many NYC trains in the 1980′s. Cooper was present at the mural site today and can be seen at center in the artists group photo below.