tom hackett sculpture once is an accident, twice is a revolution
Once is an accident, twice is a revolution comprised 1000 pink silicone jelly shoe forms placed to form a large floor sculpture to dominate the visual field with a bright slightly undulating circular mass of colour. Reading initially as factory made, or direct casts, a closer inspection reveals them as duplicates from observational studies of the artist’s collection of found single children’s jellies. Individually viewed they function as curious and intriguing objects, collectively they generate an extraordinary and displaced entity.
Once is an accident, twice is a revolution is a meditation on repetition and workmanship in art. The duplication of the iconic children’s shoe form en masse the work offers potential for further narrative associations. Launched at the National Shoe Collection, Northampton, Museum and Art Gallery, the work connects to the Towns rich shoe heritage and current shoe industry which includes contemporary fashion jelly shoes.
Also showing were 20 text and image works under the sub title ‘flip charts from the therapy room’. These contain various text fragments and 'sound bites' gathered from personal encounters, gleaned conversations and self -generated musings taking on at times the visual devices of absurd mind maps from fictional staff development events.
Installed at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.
Curated by Rebecca Shawcross