The original painting for the 2011 Queenscliff Music Festival poster is up for auction at Salt Contemporary Art. It was created by artists Nick Morris and Dave Bowers under the pseudonym Doug Bartlett.
Queenscliff Music Festival 2011 poster by Doug Barlett. Image courtesy Salt Contemporary Art.
The silent auction will be held during an exhibition ‘Man Made’ by Dave Bowers and Nick Morris at Salt Contemporary Art. Proceeds from the auction will be used to purchase a new rescue board for the Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club.
Working together as Doug Bartlett, Morris and Bowers produce idiosyncratic works evocative of the 1970s. Their painting process is best described in their own words:
“…this process, which is confronting as well as cleansing, continues until we both agree the painting is finished. Working this way creates a feverish momentum… The canvases are a free-flowing exchange of random images and themes, and are applied using stencils, spray paint, silkscreen and freehand, using acrylic paint and oil stick. We glean material from mass popular culture, including quotes from celebrities and words lifted directly from spam text.”
Last year the pair channelled Doug Bartlett to create the album art for the Hoodoo Gurus album ‘Purity of Essence’, and they were shortlisted for their collaborative painting ‘Self Portrait Red’ in the 2010 Doug Moran Art Prize in the portrait section.
To find out more about the poster or to place your bid in the silent auction contact Salt Contemporary Art. Ph: (03) 5258 3988 or visit Salt’s website www.salt-art.com.au.
Man Made runs until December 11 at Salt Contemporary Art with a music performance by Dave Bowers on Saturday November 26 at 3pm during the music festival.