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Gavin Turk

At the New Art Centre, Roche Court, East Winterslow, near Salisbury, until 13 July

The New Art Centre at Roche Court is well known for the two recent additions - the Gallery and Artist's House (AJ 14.2.02) - designed by Munkenbeck + Marshall and acclaimed as outstanding contemporary interventions into an historic context, writes Kenneth Powell.

Roche Court (a commercial operation but open free of charge to all) is the place to see a changing selection of work by Hepworth, Armitage, Long, Gormley, Nash, Flanagan and other established names in 20th and 21st century British sculpture.

Gavin Turk, whose work is currently exhibited in the gallery, adjacent orangery and surrounding (delightful) gardens, is part of the iconoclastic, leading-edge London scene associated with Jay Jopling's White Cube - his response to a formal landscape setting was hard to predict.

Turk has, however, produced an inspired commentary on this Arcadian context. He uses the minimal, all-glazed gallery as a backdrop to his recumbent figure of Ariadne, shown in the gardens, by painting the rear wall, in the manner of De Chirico, as a trompe l'oeil Classical arcade, which also forms the setting for the small works displayed inside.

Some yards away, three giant eggs sit on the grass. Turk skillfully works with the rich fusion of architecture and landscape, making his own - bold but surprisingly sensitive - mark on the scene, and giving the flowing space around buildings and gardens a new tautness and drama that is unforgettable.

Kenneth Powell is an architectural journalist

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