Opening 22.10.14 6-8pm
Artist Talks 22.11.14 6-7pm
This project has been developed through the Firstdraft Studio Residency Program
In 1852, the traveller Col. G.C. Mundy wrote that the name came from Wala-mala, meaning an Aboriginal burial ground. It has also been suggested that the name means field of blood, due to the alleged Aboriginal tribal fights that took place in the area, or that it is from the pronunciation by Aborigines of windmill, from the one that existed on Darlinghurst ridge until the 1850s. Woolloomooloo is officially the word with the most o's in the English language.
Al Poulet completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours in 2012 at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. Poulet was Highly Commended in the Kudos Award for emerging artists in 2011 and was added to the Deans List in 2013. In 2014 Poulet had a show of recent paintings.
"Al Poulet once tried to sell himself on the streets of Shanghai. Later, he replaced milk in supermarkets with his own breath and played a pokie machine from dawn till dusk as a way to meditate on a culture he saw as transactional rather than benevolent. As an emerging performance artist he performs ‘actions’ that invert perceptions related to trade, production, politics and sexuality."
(Stella Rosa McDonald)