Online Exhibition

Taking Interest:
Summer in the City

June – September 2021

Contemporary Art Matters is pleased to present Taking Interest: Summer in the City, an online group exhibition featuring new works by Erika Hess, Daina Higgins, Heather Jones, Dion Johnson, Lisa McLymont, Amy Sacksteder, Laura Sanders, Jared Thorne, and Almond Zigmund. For more information on the exhibition, related events please contact us at [email protected].

Taking Interest: Summer in the City is an online exhibition of Contemporary Art Matters artists who are in residence in NYC this summer making connections, promoting their art and taking inspiration from city.

Lisa McLymont, Ode to Amy, 2020, Mixed media on panel, 18×18 in.

Lisa McLymont, a self-identified multi media sculptor, has a creative drive rooted in the influences of her father’s love of independence and music, her mother’s love of creative expression and spirituality, and their shared love of beauty. Lisa’s art is mainly expressed through drawing and painting, though she prefers allowing her curiosity to explore many directions knowing that each new experience provides insight while creating work that connects past and future worlds.

Lisa McLymont was born in Manhattan, NY and has called Columbus, Ohio home since the age of ten. Formally educated in graphic design and visual communications at The Ohio State University, McLymont’s career as a self-taught, multi-disciplinary artist started in 2009, and has included forays into drawing, painting, sculpture, and jewelry design, letting the inspiration found through research and the process of making lead her.

Laura Sanders, The Bather, 2020, Oil on canvas, 50×33 in.

Laura Sanders is a figurative painter whose work explores women in landscape with an interest in the emotional, painterly and political aspects of the mise en scène. Her paintings capture the realistic sense of the figure and the environment, while maintaining a high level of painterly qualities. She unabashedly addresses the vulnerability of women and nature in our everyday environment. By placing women in the woods, Sanders takes charge of where women are viewed as safe, venturing beyond our ideas of how our systems are measured as they take center stage against nature, tattooed by light, engulfed by shifting trees.

Jared Throne, Kholofelo, Black Folk Project, c-Print.

Jared Thorne seeks to challenge hegemonic as well as self-imposed frameworks of Black identity in the United States and beyond. Thorne’s work centers on issues of race, social class, and gender. He engages questions on authenticity, representation, and history, challenging the viewer to redefine his or her relationship to modernity. Recently, Thorne has been exploring the diasporic relationship between America and Africa.

Thorne holds a BA in English Literature from Dartmouth College, and, following studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, received his MFA from Columbia University. Thorne is an Associate Professor in the Art Department at The Ohio State University. Before joining the OSU faculty, Thorne held teaching positions at Stellensbosch Academy, the University of Cape Town, and City Varsity in South Africa.