World Gone Mad

World Gone Mad was an exhibition about the visual legacies of surrealism found in the work of contemporary British artists, a generation making renewed links between the novel approaches of the old avant-garde and the resources it offers for their own work. It explored the lasting impact of surrealist methods on both art and popular culture.

For this exhibition David Rayson produced a number of drawings that were products of his research into the conflicts between the everyday and the fantastical, drawing upon the methodologies developed as part of the larger ongoing project entitled The Everyday Fantastic. These works were intended as a self-contained experience designed to simultaneously generate dialogues between and around the banal and the fantastic, and to demonstrate the range of formal invention as the drawn narratives flip from the described to the abstract.

The catalogue produced for World Gone Mad included essays written by JJ Charlesworth (writer and critic for The Guardian, Art Review and Art Monthly) and Sally O'Reilly (writer and critic for Time Out and Modern Painters) which critiqued Rayson's work in relation to a more expansive and inventive view of the world. World Gone Mad was reviewed by Martin Herbert for Modern Painters.