Practicing Curious Anticipation
The Laboratory contains seven paintings, and three large framed works on paper. This work expands upon John’s exploration of a cross-cultural dialogue between Eastern contemplative practices and Western contemporary culture, while experimenting with varied techniques of screen-printing and painting. It is in this series where Duckworth’s work shifts both visually and conceptually. Continuing his practice of ‘curious anticipation,’ he has embraced the unknown, allowing the work to illustrate his inner explorations. These works at once investigate themes of media excess, artificiality and biology, life and death, and the disorderly and orderly. Many of the multi-layered paintings visually shift and reveal alternate content depending on proximity to the work.