anton kannemeyer (aka: joe dog) is a south african artist and was one of the founding members of bittercomix along with conrad botes. i first became familiar with his work when juxtapose did an issue a few years back highlighting contemporary african artist. once i saw the piece titled BLACK GYNAECOLOGIST i needed to see more. what i got was a twist i was not expecting…. ANTON IS A WHITE DUDE! if you didn’t already know of him and his work i would bet good money you thought he was black too. DON’T EVEN LIE!
in my option not since ralph bakshi’s coonskin and heavy traffic (if you don’t know about these films find out) has a white dude been this honest on the topic of race relations in all of it’s beauty and ugliness while still showing the underlined stupidity and guilt the plague both sides.
i check out his show last saturday at jack shainman, which unfortunately the show is down. so do yourself a favor and check him out if he happens to come to your town. seeing them in person is truly something special or buy of of the many books that have been published cataloging his work.