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