Aleks Danko: MY FELLOW AUS-TRA-ALIENS

MY FELLOW AUS-TRA-ALIENS presented artworks spanning nearly five decades by Victorian-based artist Aleks Danko - from his earliest exhibitions in the late 1960s through to his recent large-scale installations.

Born in Adelaide in 1950 to Ukrainian émigré parents, Danko career began in his parents’ suburban garage. In 1971, after studying at the South Australian School of Art, he moved to Sydney where he became a central figure in city’s conceptual art movement. The artist has consistently drawn upon his personal history in his artworks. The suburbia of his youth with its banal, architectural forms and seemingly anti-intellectual ethos remains a consistent presence in his work, as is his family’s dark humour. He has also worked with a series of repetitive motifs, the most notable being a simple house structure, in order to re-orientate ideas from his own creative history into the present.

Although Danko is versed in a range of disciplines, his practice remains firmly grounded within the world of objects. Using language as his starting point, he transforms sound, speech, rhymes, puns and repetitions into something more concrete. Akin to poetry, these text-based pieces are short and sharp, designed to be read aloud, vocalised and performed. In addition to many objects sourced from public collections, this major survey features significant works remade or reconfigured by the artist specifically for the exhibition.

Curated by Glenn Barkley and Lesley Harding. Presented in association with Heide Museum of Modern Art.

Publisher: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Heide Museum of Modern Art
Author: Glenn Barkley, Lesley Harding
21cm x 26cm
Paperback
176 pages


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