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Andrew Baines is a popular South Australian surrealist artist with a proclivity for painting cows and bowler hatted people in suits. His quirky imagery is often found in a seaside setting, and was successfully used to organise a Dunny Day in support of new public conveniences at Henley Beach.
Andrew clearly has many local admirers and has successfully coaxed former government Minister Amanda Vanstone and Bob Francis to pose on potties for photos. Hundreds of others have allowed themselves to be buried in the sand, or waddled into water fully clothed - all in the name of his art.
Baines' powers of persuasion shouldn't be understimated - he once persuaded the West Australian Symphony Orchestra to play a Symphony in the Sea. Literally.
Escape of the Corporate Battery Hen - From Surrealist Artist Andrew Baines
A quick search through Google images shows that Andrew Baines creates an awesome array of other surrealist imagery (including whole herds of cows) which is now highly sought and sold around the world.
However his latest artistic creation is quite different. Collaborating with South Australian film makers Aaron Schuppan & Carlo Petraccaro, Andrew Baines has produced hist first short film Escape of the Corporate Battery Hen. With $10,000 worth of crowd funding to finance the production, the 20 minute film is now ready for its first public release in Adelaide.
It's been touted as the downfall of many local South Australian identities, including Amanda Vanstone, Steven Marshall, Vickie Chapman and former Mayor Kirsten Alexander. Amanda Vanstone will probably see her reputation ransacked after viewers see what I've convinced her to do in the name of surrealism.
Mayor Kirsten Alexander in Escape of the Corporate Battery Hen
The plot summary: Richard is a fifty year old bank teller, who wakes one night to the realisation that he's a fat, boring loser, who's done nothing with his life. His wife Polly enlists him in one of Andrew Baines' suits in the sea surreal photo shoots, hoping it might change his depressing attitude.
The film is for every baby boomer who ever had the slightest mid-life crisis or felt like they've become mere finite cogs in life's ground hog day.
A short documentary will be shown prior to the film. The Existentialist highlights Andrew Baines' philosophy on life and art, including interviews with prominent people who have been his subjects.
The Existentialist and Escape of the Corporate Battery Hen will screen once only free of charge on Sunday January 18 at 2pm at the Arts Theatre 53 Angas Street in Adelaide. While the films are free to watch, bookings are essential. Please email Andrew on firstname.lastname@example.org to book your seats at this unusual film premiere - it promises to be something quite different and highly memorable!