AWAKE


Charleston, SC    |    Asheville, NC    |    New york, NY    |    london, uk    |    johnson city, TN

"Proceed with curious anticipation"


John Duckworth’s exploration of Eastern contemplative ideas, iconography, and practices of self-inquiry has influenced the evolution of his artistic practice into a new multidisciplinary body of work. This exploration culminated in an ambitious exhibition entitled "AWAKE", which was installed at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston SC from November 7 - December 21, 2014.  The exhibition was an immersive multi-media experience, guiding each visitor through eight sequential rooms while wearing wireless headsets playing original ambient audio compositions in four distinct audio zones.  This website offers a room-by-room look at the entire exhibition, including all 90 original works of art - spanning painting, photography, film and sound.

With over 90 original works of art (paintings, drawings, video and audio), the exhibition is a complete multi-media experience. Upon entering the gallery each visitor is handed a set of wireless headsets, along with a guidebook describing the flow of the space. There are four different audio zones within the space, encompassing eight distinct rooms in sequence.

The exhibition begins with a 12-minute video/performance in a small black room wherein Duckworth meditates for the duration, as the video is projected on top of him and around him. The combination of audio, video and performance is intense, and is intended to immerse the viewer into a present-mind headspace, and create room to be more receptive for the work that follows.

 

AUDIO


With over 90 original works of art (paintings, drawings, video and audio), the exhibition is a complete multi-media experience. Upon entering the gallery each visitor is handed a set of wireless headsets, along with a guidebook describing the flow of the space. There are four different audio zones within the space, encompassing eight distinct rooms in sequence.

The exhibition begins with a 12-minute video/performance in a small black room wherein Duckworth meditates for the duration, as the video is projected on top of him and around him. The combination of audio, video and performance is intense, and is intended to immerse the viewer into a present-mind headspace, and create room to be more receptive for the work that follows.

The audio is an integral part of the process - acting as a soundtrack to the exhibition. Composed by three exceptional musicians, inspired by the artwork. Three of the original pieces are located below:

ZONE 2 - Duncan Sheik

ZONE 3 - Quentin Baxter

ZONE 4 - Lee Barbour

 

 

 

ROOMS


CLICK THE IMAGE OF EACH ROOM TO SEE THE ARTWORK AND EXHIBITIONS STILLS FROM THAT ROOM.

 

LOCATIONS


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2016 Duckworth solo show at The Wedge Gallery, Asheville, NC

2015 AWAKE: The Buddha Chapel, The Gallery at Vendue, Charleston, SC

2014 AWAKE: The City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC

This is the Tunes and Whispered, cueB Gallery, London, UK

Social and Politically Engaged Art, Reece Museum, Johnson City TN

Curated by NoLIta, New York, NY

 

ESSAYS


The Worlds of Duckworth’s Buddha Chapel 

by Stefan Zebrowski-Rubin

BUDDHA ON THE MARSH

BY STEPHANIE HUNT

TESTIMONIES 

 

PUBLICATIONS


 
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Awake Hardback
40.00

This Awake hardback book catalogs John Duckworth's pieces and artist statements from his Awake Exhibition. This Exhibit has traveled alongside Duckworth to Charleston, SC, Asheville, NC, New York, NY, Johnson City, TN, and London, UK. 

John Duckworth’s exploration of Eastern contemplative ideas, iconography, and practices of self-inquiry has influenced the evolution of his artistic practice into a new multidisciplinary body of work. With over 90 original works of art (paintings, drawings, video and audio), the exhibition is a complete multi-media experience. Upon entering the gallery each visitor is handed a set of wireless headsets, along with a guidebook describing the flow of the space. There are four different audio zones within the space, encompassing eight distinct rooms in sequence.

To view the full Awake Hardback go here.

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VIDEOS


 

 

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PRESS


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