Worm­wood

El­lis King White Swan, Donore Av­enue, Dublin 8 Un­til Au­gust 12 el­lisk­ing.net

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - Gemma Tip­ton

There’s a zeit­geisty sense of the spir­i­tual (think of IMMA’s cur­rent As Above, So Below un­til Au­gust 27th), with an added whiff of end-of-days, haunt­ing the new group ex­hi­bi­tion at El­lis King, in which 23 artists get to grips with themes aris­ing from the evoca­tive word - Worm­wood. Twenty-three might sound like a lot, even in El­lis King’s ca­pa­cious space, but as these in­clude John Ger­rard, Lynda Benglis, Hel­mut Lang, Lutz Bacher ( Bear 2, 2012, above) and Sher­rie Levine, it prom­ises to be a lively ride. Add to that the fact that Worm­wood was a key in­gre­di­ent in 19th-cen­tury demi­monde tip­ple of choice, Ab­sinthe, and you’ve got the right mix for a fas­ci­nat­ing art party. Worm­wood it­self is said to in­duce clar­ity of thought, in­crease creativ­ity and per­cep­tion and al­low one to “see be­yond”. Worth a shot?

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