Community Service is the first solo exhibition by graffiti artist Phillip Botha, who has been involved in graffiti arts for over twelve years. Recently he spent a year under house arrest, prosecuted for Malicious Intent to Property, completing over 150 hours of community service - mopping floors and washing cop cars instead of actually engaging with the community and helping them like the artist had wanted.
Community Service brings chunks of the urban environment into the gallery space. An examination of the notions of community and environment – and what it means to better an environment – the pieces work in layers of graffiti tags and throw-ups, nightclub event posters, election posters, abortion flyers, penis enlargement stickers, finished off with something that borders typography and sign-writing. It is a look into the urban environment by an individual who occupies that environment - “a real representative of the street” – it is a collection for the community and from the community.