Anton Kannemeyer

"Empowerment Credentials" / Edition 08 / SOLD OUT

ANTON KANNEMEYER (b. 1967) is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. Kannemeyer is co-founder of the satirical South African comic book series, 'Bitterkomix', and has exhibited extensively in South Africa and in New York, where he is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

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How would you describe what you do?

I'm a satirist.

Where do you work?

I have to work in my home library – it has grown substantially in the last few years, so it's spread over my house and studio. I used to live and work in urban areas, but I moved out to the suburbs recently and I love it. It reminds me of Joburg, and I find the humming of lawn mowers and swimming pool pumps is decadent and motivating.

What role does craft play in your work?

Drawing skill is hugely important when you want to communicate an idea. And you only get good when you draw a lot. But I certainly don't think it's only your practical skills or craft that matter – if that was the case, we would have had hundreds of thousands of good artists around.

How do craft and concept overlap in your work?

They're interlinked. They relationship between the two is far more crucial than I think most 'art critics' know. I think any work that takes time to complete, stimulates lateral thinking. This is often where the real creativity lies.

Do you think of yourself and Spider as similar kinds of craftsmen?

I can't really say – I don't know or understand how he decides to make or shape a board. My work references social and political ideas and it's quite different to what he's doing. I do love the board though – it's beautiful! And it's got a moerse presence.

How did you approach this project?

My work deals with the theme in response to a quote I found that described Delftware as "a means to relay contemporary stories of the time". I looked for some examples, but found mostly landscapes or still lives. The more active scene I've created certainly resonates with the possibilities of the board, however. The best thing that could happen is for someone to actually surf with it. I can't imagine anything cooler…

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