25 June –
23 July 2022
Aleks Danko


, 2022
Installation view, Sutton Gallery

KLIK! KLAK! VERTI-KLAK! … welcomes you to the grey zone of portraiture … vertical grey ‘thinking objects’ made for thought and reflection … what is configured is a Portrait of a Nation … mirrored … through portraits of friends … the self … and you the audience … viewing, viewed and Instagrammed … ‘thinking subjects’? … what more can I say? … ding dong ding love that sunburnt thing! … but thought here … ‘made in the mouth’ … and, are we getting warmer yet? … are we?

Born in Adelaide in 1950, Aleks Danko’s artistic career spans more than five decades. Working across a diverse range of media including drawing, sculpture, installation, performance, and public art, Danko combines irony, humour and sarcasm with aesthetically sophisticated and materially confident gestures to interrogate the social, political and cultural landscape of Australia.

Exhibition soundtrack: Original field recording of a Brown Tree Frog at Portarlington, Victoria by Victor Meertens. Remixed and produced by Dean Linguey.

These works were made on Dja Dja Wurrung Country, and I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of these Lands and Waters and pay my respect to Elders past and present.

– Aleks Danko

Selected solo exhibitions

“[AS.YET.MAYBE.] NOT A TITLE … in, over, beside, next to, between, in front of, behind, through, by, with, for, up, to, against … are they still touching? …”, with Nigel Lendon, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, 2022; “Are we done? I’d like to get back to staring at nothing”, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2019; ‘Wait…I think this is where I lost my hula-hoop’, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2017; MY FELLOW AUS-TRA-ALIENS, (a survey), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2015-16; POINTLESS (more or less), Milani Gallery, Brisbane, 2013; DILLY-DALLY/SO-SO/SHIPPY-SHOPPY? /HO-HO/HANKY-PANKY?/BYE-BYE… shopping for and with the un-dead (YU-AH-TISH-YU-AH remix), Sutton Projects, Melbourne, 2012; Pointless, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2011; CHATTER…and more chatter upstairs, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, 2009; SOME CULTURAL MEDITATIONS 1949 – 2006 (just a little bit of ethnic folk art), Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2006; A Sing Song of Never Seven Ever/Ever, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney, 2005

Selected group exhibitions

MANIFESTO, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, School of Art, VCA, University of Melbourne, Southbank, Melbourne, 2019; Power & Imagination – Conceptual Art, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2018/19; BEYOND REASON – exploring the logic of the imagination, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, 2018/19; 9 X 5 NOW, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2017; MCA COLLECTION: TODAY TOMORROW YESTERDAY, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2016-17; HOWARD ARKLEY AND FRIENDS, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2015-16; Art as Verb, Art Space, Sydney, 2015; MELBOURNE NOW, NGV, Melbourne, 2013; Reinventing the Wheel: The Readymade Century, MUMA, Melbourne, 2013; Mortality, ACCA, Melbourne, 2010; 40 Years, Kaldor Public Art Projects 1969-2009, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2009.

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