Aleks Danko’s prolific career spans over 30 years, working in a range of media from installation and performance art to public commissions. The past decade has seen Danko create a body of work which suggests, discusses, & interrogates the social, political & cultural landscape of Australia.
For Danko’s exhibition here at Sutton Gallery this October, his considered response to culture and
language combine in an installation which confronts the viewer with both humour and irony. Centered around the theme of “pointless” Danko fills the gallery with varied materials and devices ranging from table tennis paddles, to the alphabet presented as a cheeky riddle.
A key work in the installation is a new collaborative project with Melbourne Sound Artist, Dean Linguey. It is an automatic/performative/sonic piece titled PHHHHHHHIT, which will continually bring the viewer back to the central question of the exhibition … WHAT IS, THE POINT?
Danko’s practice has attracted significant critical attention and seen him curated into numerous national and international prestigious exhibitions, a selection includes in 2010 The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, 17th Biennale of Sydney and Mortality, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Contemporary Australia: Optimism, Gallery of Modern Art/ Queensland Art in 2008 – 2009; Experimenta: Under the Radar, Foundation for Art and Technology, Liverpool, UK and Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK, 2006; DMZ , Curator Yu Yeon Kim, Seoul, South Korea, 2005; International 04, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, U.K. 2004; Clemenger Award of Contemporary Art, the Ian Potter Centre: NGV:A, Melbourne, 2003; Journey to Now: John Kaldor Art Projects and Collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2003; Meridian, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2002; Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968-2002, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV:A, Melbourne, 2002; and Australian Perspecta 99 -Art and Politics, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1999.Artist’s profile