Miguel Bendaña, Connor Bokovay, Justin Chance, Sojourner Truth Parsons, Connie Wilson
“Public Life (Drawings)”

September 28- October 28, 2023


Chris Andrews is pleased to present Public Life (Drawings), a group exhibition of drawings, objects, and related ephemera.

With works by Miguel Bendaña, Connor Bokovay, Justin Chance, Sojourner Truth Parsons, and Connie Wilson, the exhibition looks at the practice of drawing as a way of casting the world into material; a broker between life, idea, and object. The included artists approach the medium with differing degrees of convention – pencil crayon and graphite on paper, acrylic, wood assemblages, embellishments, silhouettes, machine knits draped over a drawn substrate – contrasting approaches to a familiar mode of representation. Here resides a slow feed of gesture, silhouette, embellishment, therapy, culinary art, public service announcements.

Justin Chance (b. 1993, New York, US) is an artist and writer based in New York. Chance received a BFA and a BA in Visual & Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. Chance’s recent solo and two-person exhibitions include: Tara Downs, New York, US (2023); CFA, Milan, IT, presented by Downs & Ross (2022); Apparatus Projects, Chicago, US (2022); Tuesday, Richmond, US (2021); Smart Objects, Los Angeles, US (2021); Gem en Regalia, New York, US (2021); and Smart Objects, Los Angeles, US (2018). Group exhibitions include Silke Linder, New York, US (2022); Galerie Anton Janizewski, Berlin, GE (2022); Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto, CA, (2022); JTT, New York, US (2022); Arsenal Contemporary, New York, US (2022); Chapter NY, New York, US (2022); Downs & Ross, New York, US (2021); and Institute of Contemporary Art, Baltimore, US (2018).

Sojourner Truth Parsons (b. 1984, Vancouver, Canada) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Solo exhibitions include Esther Schipper, Berlin (2023), Foxy Production, New York (2022), Various Small Fires, Seoul (2020), and Oakville Galleries, Oakville (2017).

Connie Wilson (b. 1993, Belfast, Northern Ireland) received her BFA from NSCAD University in 2016 and an MFA from the University of Guelph in 2021. Wilson’s work has been shown at Canadian galleries including Franz Kaka, Toronto (2022); Christie Contemporary, Toronto (2022); The Plumb, Toronto (2021); Boarding House Gallery, Guelph (2020); Calaboose, Montreal (2018). In 2015 she served as an artist in residence at Andrea Zittel’s A-Z West in Joshua Tree, California. Wilson is currently based in Toronto, Canada where she has a forthcoming exhibition with Riley Duncan at Pumice Raft.

Miguel Bendaña (b. 1988, College Station, US) lives and works in New York. Recent exhibitions include And Now, Dallas (solo, 2022); Lomex, New York; Mercy Pictures, Auckland; Lulu, Mexico City; X Bienal de Nicaragua, Managua.

Connor Bokovay (b. 1995, Winnipeg, Canada) is an artist based in Montréal. Recent group exhibitions include Sliver at Family (Montreal, QC). His writing has appeared as exhibition texts for Isabella Kressin’s solo exhibition at Gern, New York, and May My Fiction Rule at Chris Andrews, which he co-curated.

Justin Chance, Sign, 2023. Vinyl decal. Dimensions variable.

Justin Chance, Patience (Green), 2023. Coloured pencil on paper. 9 x 12 inches. 

Justin Chance, Patience (Heaven Pastel Platinum), 2023. Coloured pencil on paper. 9 x 12 inches.

Connie Wilson, Bus shelter train station depot parking lot rental return, 2023. Wood, acrylic, cork, model figure. 6 x 2 x 2 inches.

Connie Wilson, Fruit stand shop store shaded, 2023. MDF, acrylic, duct tape, aluminum tape. 4 x 2 x 1 1/2 inches. 

Connie Wilson, SQ restaurant, 2023. MDF, acrylic. 3 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches

Connie Wilson, UN Version #3, 2023. Wood, felt, acrylic, pen, oil. 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.

Connie Wilson, UN Version #4, 2023. Wood. 2 1/2 x 2 x 3 inches.

Connie Wilson, Underground connector intake, 2023. Wood, acrylic, felt. 6 x 1 1/2 x 4 inches.

Sojourner Truth Parsons, Let Go (1), 2023. Graphite on paper. 7 1/2 inches x 10 inches.

Miguel Bendaña, The Black Tower (An Introduction to Opera), 2023. 
Custom machine-knit cotton, oil pastel, polyurethane on linen on panel. 8 x 10 inches.

Connor Bokovay, Croquembouche 1, 2023. Coloured pencil on newsprint.
6 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches, 16 3/4 x 24 3/4 framed.

Connor Bokovay, Croquembouche 2, 2023. Coloured pencil on newsprint.
6 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches, 16 3/4 x 24 3/4 framed.

Miguel Bendaña, Vissi d’arte (Fortress in Rome) (San Miguel), 2023. 
Custom machine-knit cotton, oil pastel, ballpoint pen, oil marker, polyurethane,
xerox, polyester chiffon, enamel on panel. 12 x 16 inches.

Sojourner Truth Parsons, Let Go (4), 2023. Pencil crayon on paper. 12 inches x 9 inches.

Sojourner Truth Parsons, Let Go (3), 2023.Acrylic on paper, masking tape. 8 1/2 inches x 6 1/2 inches.

Sojourner Truth Parsons, Let Go (2), 2023 Ballpoint pen and acrylic on paper, masking tape. 
8 1/2 inches x 11 inches.