hinder / further | Blaine O’Donnell and Andreas Kindler von Knobloch at The Complex

hinder / further | Blaine O’Donnell and Andreas Kindler von Knobloch at The Complex


15/07/2022 - 29/07/2022    


The Complex
21 - 25 Arran St E, Smithfield, Dublin 7, D07 YY97

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The Complex presents hinder / further, an exhibition of new works by Blaine O’Donnell and Andreas Kindler von Knobloch. This exhibition is the fourth in The Complex’s 2022 visual arts programme, for which the commissioned artists have been invited to consider the gallery’s architecture and context when creating new works.

The Complex building displays the abundant material traces of its diverse historical uses. The gallery space itself has been added to and subtracted from in various ways throughout its existence, leaving scars and residues within the brick walls from unknown periods.

This rich architectural fabric has acted as a starting point for a conversation between the artists’ practices, bringing together their shared interests in the embodied experience of the built environment. The gallery architecture provides both a framework and foil for large-scale sculptural objects and architectural amendments that treat the gallery space as site, exploring the potential of sculptural engagement with architecture to influence and question material and social relations.

A response series has been developed to coincide with the exhibition featuring a public engagement workshop by Clare Breen and a choreographed dance piece by Irish Modern Dance Theatre, performed to a public audience.

Blaine O’Donnell is a Dublin-based artist working primarily in sculpture. Through diverse research and material experimentation, he investigates the ontology of the artwork as a starting point for tracing wider networks of relationships between objects, humans and other things.

​Exhibitions include; CAOL AIT Cuid a Do, 126 Gallery, Galway, ROI (2020), CAOL AIT, Burren College of Art, Clare, ROI (2019), six seville, Dublin, ROI (2018), RESORT: A Popular Destination, Pallas Projects, Dublin, ROI (2014), PRESENTLY, Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, NI (2014), TOMORROW’S ALMOST OVER, VOID, Derry, NI (2013), The 9th Burren Annual, Burren College of Art (2012) and SPECTRUM OF ACTIVITY, Black Mariah, Cork, ROI (2011).

​Andreas Kindler von Knobloch is a visual artist based in Dublin. He works both solo and collaboratively, as one of the members of Forerunner. His work is primarily concerned with our relationship to materials and architecture, with a general focus on systems of support and participation through the creation of structures, objects and spaces that question our material and social relations.

​Recent works/exhibitions include; YOUNGFOSSIL a commission by the IMMA for their Summer Outdoor Program 2021, the Future and stuff, TULCA, Galway, ROI (2020), In Context 4, Rua Red, Tallaght, ROI (2019), Staring Forms, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, ROI (2019), Architecture of Change, VOID, Derry, NI (2018), The Museum of Mythological Water-beasts, Ormston House, Limerick, ROI (2018), Uphold, permanent installation at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin (2017), Black Mountain, Catalyst Arts, Belfast. NI (2017), Distance, Collaborative drawings Harry Schneider, Verge PDX, Portland, Oregon, USA (2017), Now Wakes the Sea: Contemporary art and the ocean, The Glucksman, University College Cork, ROI (2017)

Image: courtesy of Andreas Kindler von Knobloch and Blaine O’Donnell

​Proudly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council.

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