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The simpler the better, I always say, and it seems this sentiment is shared by one particular artist exhibiting at the Subway Gallery.

Technology is meant to make our lives easier but often that is far from the case. Inventors keep coming up with new and 'better' gadgets to make things more efficient, but usually when it reaches the consumer or the public, it is complicated beyond belief. One very topical example is when it comes to benefits and work. In the UK a new system has recently come into place to get more people into work and reduce the number of people on benefits. I don't understand all the ins and outs of it, but I do know that the people affected by the change need to fill in some kind of online application form - there is no paper-based option. For people who don't have a computer or know how to use the internet, this just makes their lives all the more complicated and stressful.

As a way of criticising how the world is becoming too complicated, the Milan-born cartoonist, GGT, has painted a series of almost childlike pictures, which will be on display at the Subway Gallery between the 9th-25th May.

The Subway Gallery can be found under the streets of London - beneath Edgware and Harrow Road to be exact - which makes this kind of regressive venue the perfect place to house an exhibition by a man who started off as an underground artist.

GGT began his cartooning career in 1990, embracing all mediums of expression from traditional formats of comic books and animation, to painting, prints, murals, and filmmaking. Over two decades have passed since then, but his work still focusses on subverting popular culture, making his latest project, POPular, aptly named. GGT's canvas prints were painted in acrylics, using bright primary colours, just like the drawings of a school child, and shows off the gaiety that simple images can bring.
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When: 9th-25th May
Phone: 07811 286503
Where: Subway Gallery
Cost: Free
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