press release

This Autumn, Hauser & Wirth Somerset is pleased to announce 'Qwaypurlake', a group exhibition curated by Simon Morrissey. The exhibition presents a fictional reimagining of the Somerset landscape, drawing inspiration from the history of the area to construct an alternative reality, where humans have been marginalised, or even expelled, and the landscape is dominated almost entirely by water. The title of the exhibition refers to the road leading out of Bruton in the direction of Frome called Quaperlake Street, providing both a physical landmark as well as a fictional bridge between the area's past and an abstract, dystopian future.

'Qwaypurlake' brings together landscape photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics and film from a broad selection of modern and contemporary artists. These range from seminal twentieth-century figures such as ceramicist Hans Coper, sculptor Elisabeth Frink and painter Peter Lanyon, to acclaimed British artists Michael Dean, Richard Deacon and Heather & Ivan Morison, to distinctive new voices such as Sebastian Jefford, Marie Toseland and Kit Poulson: all of whom have strong links to the South West of England.