AWAKE by John Duckworth | The Buddha Chapel
The Buddha Chapel was the central room from an ambitious multimedia exhibition from artist John Duckworth entitled AWAKE. Installed at the City Gallery of Waterfront Park in late 2014, the museum exhibition encompassed painting, photography, screen-printing, film, performance and audio – spread out over the eight distinct and sequential rooms.
Selected as a Critic’s Choice for “Best Exhibition of 2014” by the Charleston City Paper, AWAKE was received with widespread enthusiasm.
Painted over the course of many years, this series began in 2007. These multilayered works incorporate painting, drawing, photography, screen-printing, ink, graphite, spray paint and air brush. The layers reflect Duckworth’s investigation of the complexities of the mind, and our relationship to environment.
Duckworth’s meditation practice is fundamental to his creative process. It is through witnessing the results of a deeper inner awareness of his habitual thoughts, words, and actions that he becomes more adept at finding equilibrium in these uncertain times. Duckworth believes the self-hypnosis of modern mass-communications, combined with political, environmental, cultural, and social ambivalence has led to an omni-present low-level anxiety that permeates Western society at large. His work is based in processing the vast and overwhelming array of sensory stimuli received daily in consumer driven Western contemporary culture and balancing this input with an Eastern contemplative practice. Duckworth is committed to self-exploration as a vehicle for transformation and expression.
Past Art Exhibits
Silver Vs. Gold
Ever since The Vendue reopened in May of 2014, owners Jon and Lisa Weitz have emphasized the hotel’s presence as a space for art of all kinds.View More
The Vendue’s third art exhibit, titled “Fluent”, is anchored by the theme of motion and fluidity, will present ideas, sculptures and paintings to the public.View More
The exhibit called “Here Now”, was on view in Fall and Winter of 2014 and featured approximately 65 pieces of art from more than 30 artists.View More
A contemporary gallery and interior design firm found on Upper King Street, we strive to provide our viewers with an art experience unlike any other in Charleston.View More
The Buddha Chapel was the central room from an ambitious multimedia exhibition from artist John Duckworth entitled AWAKE, which was on display in The Vendue’s 26 Gallery.View More
As the peninsula’s only hotel dedicated to the arts, in all forms, we pride ourselves on offering an overall sensory experience unlike any other in Charleston.View More
Best described as paintings from a camera, John Duckworth’s Landscape Abstracts evoke the sea, forest, marsh, and sky in rich bands of saturated color.View More
I See A Pattern
The “I See A Pattern” exhibition was a visual candy land of ideas, sculptures and paintings with the aim of propelling creativity in Charleston using the theme of pattern.View More