24 October - 25 November 2006
Michael Stevenson is pleased to present new work by the Bitterkomix duo of Anton Kannemeyer and Conrad Botes, and the launch of The Big Bad Bitterkomix Handbook.
Over the last ten years or so, Bitterkomix has been (as one critic remarks) "consistently challenging and outrageous, undeniably brilliant, and impossible to ignore". Internationally, Kannemeyer and Botes stand at the forefront of the new international expressionist comix movement. Locally, they have raised a storm of controversy through their assault on the Afrikaner cultural mainstream, which they have developed into a broader critique of South African society.
The Big Bad Bitterkomix Handbook brings together the full range of Kannemeyer and Botes's work from the early 1990s until now, including published covers, postcards, posters and drawings from personal sketchbooks. Interspersed with these images are essays by, among others, Antjie Krog, Andy Mason, Ryk Hattingh and Gregory Kerr. The book, published by Jacana and designed by Garth Walker of Orange Juice Design, is an essential chronicle, catalogue and visual cornucopia of the work of the Bitterkomix artists.
A selection of archival material including the artists' sketchbooks, together with new comix to be published in the upcoming (15th) edition of Bitterkomix, will be on exhibition, alongside new individual and collaborative works by Kannemeyer and Botes.
The exhibition and launch form part of the Comics Brew Festival, www.comics-brew.com.
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