Asthall Manor's seductive onform sculpture show brings stone to London's Crypt Gallery

By Culture24 Reporter | 11 June 2013

Exhibition preview: onform, The Crypt Gallery, London, until June 26 2013

A photo of a large marble white and orange sculpture of a face on a plinth
Onyx Face© Paul Vanstone
Described as the country’s most seductive sculpture display, the sixth onform, last year, was the most successful edition yet of a group show held at Asthall Manor, in the Cotswolds, ever since owner Rosie Pearson commissioned two gatepost finials from artist Anthony Turner in 2002.

Turner is one of 19 artists taking part, having originally inspired Pearson to fill the garden with similarly striking, curvy stoneworks. Overseen by co-curator Anna Greenacre, the switch to London aims to create a deliberately urban contrast to its usual home, although it remains dedicated to tactile, engaging pieces which respond playfully to the atmospheric crypt and one another.

That philosophy makes for a diverse line-up. Peter Randall-Page, whose influence resulted in a major show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park three years ago, is among Turner’s fellow artists, as is Bridget McCrum, who takes inspiration from the hills of Devon but, in her largest work to date, made a conversely fearsome stainless steel representation of the Merlin bird and the Spitfire, commissioned by Rolls-Royce.

  • Open 11am-6pm (4pm Saturday and Sunday, closed Monday). Admission free. Follow @AsthallManor on Twitter.

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A photo of a pile of sculpted bones on a stone floor
Bones© Guy Stevens
A photo of a black stone sculpture with cut out ovals inside it
Divide and Rule© Jordi Raga Frances
A photo of a white sculpture in the form of a jay on grassland
Leaf of Light© Jordi Raga Frances
A photo of a globular white and yellow sculpture on a plinth
Lionfish© Frederic Chevarin
A photo of a spiralling white sculpture on a plinth in a park
Single Helix IV© Aly Brown
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