MY FELLOW AUS-TRA-ALIENS presents artworks spanning nearly five decades of the long career of 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, the son of Ukrainian émigré parents, Danko began making art in his parents’ suburban garage. After studying at the South Australian School of Art Danko moved to Sydney in 1971, where he was a central figure in city’s conceptual art movement.
The artist has consistently drawn upon his own history in his artworks. The suburbia of his upbringing—its banality, architectural forms and seemingly anti-intellectual ethos—are a consistent presence in his work, as is his family’s dark humour. Danko has also worked with a series of repetitive motifs, the most notable of which is 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.
MON-FRI: 11am & 1pm | Thurs: 11am, 1pm & 7pm
SAT-SUN: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Meet in MCA Foyer, 45 mins
Tour the MCA with our volunteer guides and discover art, artists and their hidden stories.
MCA Insight contains audio tours by Aleks Danko, co-curator Glenn Barkley and an exclusive teen perspective from our Young Guides.