Picking up from where Goya left off with his sketch “The Dream of Reason Produces Monsters”, in which a young student lies asleep whilst nightmarish owls and bats fly around him, Hiro Sugiyama, Japanese artist and independent publisher presents us with Out of Science. In Hiro’s world rational scientific order has completely collapsed – it’s almost as if the Enlightenment had never happened! Through a series of related images Hiro describes a world that is surreal, amusing and threatening by turns. His richly coloured, expressionist paintings are populated by a host of characters. Monkeys with lollypops and handbags, figure skaters spreading stardust, a boy relieving excess internal pressure through his ears, mutant-pigeons and humans under physical attack, all play their part. The onlooker is outwitted by Hiro’s capricious mind. Collectively they make up a universe that is perhaps only a few inches distant from ours in the space-time continuum, but is far enough removed to make the familiar unfamiliar and comfortable dangerous.