May 2016 at ILLIO Studio


Studio-Mate, April Sunami will join prolific Columbus artist, Stephanie Rond for a joint show of their new works: Common Cosmology. 

The opening reception is Friday, May 13th, 7-11pm at the Vanderelli Room (218 McDowell Street Columbus, OH 43215). The exhibition runs through May 7th –May 29th. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday 12pm-5pm and by appointment.

Street artist Stephanie Rond and mixed media painter April Sunami will feature new work in the exhibition Common Cosmology. The exhibit brings together themes of culture, spirituality, and humanity through painting, installation and collaborative pieces. The show will be on exhibition at the Vanderelli Room May 7th-May 29th 2016 with an opening reception on May 13th 7-11pm.

Common Cosmology was born out of conversations between Sunami and Rond about the new directions they were taking in their art work. “I‘m interested in how cultures and belief systems are often intertwined and ultimately they share more commonalities than differences” says April Sunami of her new paintings utilizing a female form coupled with abstracted backgrounds. Rond states that “my pieces in Common Cosmology are not intended to hold answers about humanity, but rather cultivate questions to consider and discuss. My goal is to create work that serves as a springboard for meaningful conversation. It is my belief that kindness will prevail”.

Stephanie Rond is a Columbus, Ohio based street artist whose colorful and feminist work can be seen on walls around the city, both inside and out. Stephanie attended Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University. She is co-founder of Creative Arts of Women (CAW), founder of the website Women Street Artists and owns S.Dot Gallery. An award-winning documentary has been created about her work. The film, Tiny Out Loud, studies Rond’s gender-gouging street art and her dollhouse art galleries in a fun but evocative exploration making gender roles smaller and the art world’s accessibility larger.

April Sunami is a professional visual artist mainly focusing on mixed media painting. She received her Master of Arts Degree in Art History from Ohio University and her Bachelor of Arts Degree also in Art History from the Ohio State University. Her subjects mainly revolve around portraits of women and the female form. Sunami is also an award-winning installation artist through the 2012 Columbus Arts Pop Up Project sponsored by the Greater Columbus Arts Council. She was born and raised in Ohio and currently resides in Columbus, Ohio. April’s work has been widely exhibited throughout Columbus and represented in private collections throughout the country.

For more information about the artists and their work please contact April Sunami (614) and Stephanie Rond (614) 352-8737,   For more information about the gallery please contact Alicia Jean Vanderellli at (614) 403-4689 and

Special events for May 2016

Friday, May 6th, 8:00-11:30pm
Fuse Factory Frequency Friday
Bonnie Jones / Baat / Tim Barnes / Circuitry Room w/Matt and Nikki Swift

Our May 2016 Frequency Fridays show features improvisational musician Bonnie Jones (MD), experimental electronic musician Lisa Miralia (OH), experimental percussionist Tim Brnes (CMH), and experimental electronic music trio Circuitry Room (OH), whose performance will be accompanied by video works by Columbus filmmakers Matt and Nicolette Swift. Date: Friday, My 6 2016. Location: It Looks Like It’s Open (13 E. Tulane Rd., 43202). Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. BYOB, all ages. Our Frequency Fridays 2015-2016 season is supported by a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

About the performers:
Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American writer, improvising musician, and performer working primarily with electronic music and text. Born in 1977 in South Korea, she was raised on a dairy farm in New Jersey and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. Bonnie creates improvised and composed text-sound performances that explore the fluidity and function of electronic noise (field recordings, circuit bending) and text (poetry, found, spoken, visual). She is interested in how people perceive, “read,” and interact with these sounds and texts given our current technological moment. Jones has received commissions from the London ICA and has presented her work in the US, Europe, and Asia and collaborates frequently with writers and musicians. She received her MFA at the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.

Lisa Miralia has been a promoter and performer in the NE Ohio freeform and experimental sound communities since 2003. She composes for and performs in a number of projects both solo (as Baat) and in collaboration with others involving electro-acoustic improv, experimental electronics, noise, drone, and dark ambient sound, and has released several recordings and contributed to multiple collaboration and compilation releases. She will celebrate her 9th anniversary of hosting the Mysterious Black Box radio show on WCSB 89.3fm this year, and was featured in the City/Ruins documentary about the NE Ohio noise and industrial music scenes. Lisa lives in Lakewood, and is grateful for open-minded neighbors who don’t mind the strange musical and anti-musical sounds emanating from her abode.

Tim Barnes is an internationally-known percussionist, electronic musician, and recording producer/engineer who has played and recorded with Sonic Youth, Wilco, Body/Head, Jim O’Rourke, Silver Jews, Neil Michael Hagerty and the Howling Hex, The Tower Recordings, The For Carnation, and MV+EE, as well as being featured in countless multiple other settings, from jazz-influenced free-improvisation to full-on rock n’ roll. He is the Artistic Director of Dreamland, and also runs the newly-revived Quakebasket record label (best known for its mid-1990s archival releases of solo work by Angus MacLise, poet and original drummer for the Velvet Underground). A California native, Tim moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 2007 from his longtime musical base, New York City.

Circuitry Room is a think tank for audio exploration. The founding members are Andrew Izold, Jeff Chenault and Dan Rockwell. They have been playing together on and off since 1989. Their combination of old-school electronics and high tech digital applications culminate into a wall of sound that is beyond categorization. Based in Ohio, Circuitry Room seek out new forms of expression while maintaining a dark mischievous edge. Their sound is constantly changing and evolving while their “live” sonic improvisations provide a unique and challenging listening experience.

About artists Matt and Nicolette Swift: Matt Swift is an all-around visual artist living in Columbus, Ohio. His work is not limited to any one medium or mode including photography, painting, video, digital compositions, mixed media and anything else that may be a source of inspiration. With an education in Art History, Film and Media Studies, and Library Science, the majority of his work stems from a deep connection to the historical avant-garde and experimental movements of all art forms. Juxtaposition of styles to find new abstract connections is where most of his work begins. Every piece is scientifically and creatively an experiment with a hypothesis that is tested and either is proven or disproven. What engagement occurs when you mix meditation and action painting to create a wall scroll combining the styles of Jackson Pollock and Zen Buddhist painters? What about the combination of purist structuralist cinematic techniques with the motivations of Norman McLaren’s frame by frame hand etched animations inspired by music? The end result encompasses a documentation of the experiment fit for a postmodern world, updating and educating about the styles of old through the lens of the plethora of information that is at the fingertips of our ever shrinking but also expanding digital world.

Since high school, Columbus video artist Nicolette Swift has been capturing life and creating videos. In 2005 she graduated from The Ohio State University with a double major in Art History and Film and Media Studies. While in her undergrad she discovered a love for working with archival materials. She obtained a Master’s of Library and Information Science with a focus in multi-media access from Kent State University in 2007. Since then she has worked with many individuals as well as The Ohio State University and The West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church to create promotional and educational videos and materials. With the help of her husband and the support of OSU’s Film Studies Program she co-founded The Columbus Moving Image Art Review, which has been holding quarterly hour-long screenings for a year. Currently, her personal projects include avant garde video essays that incorporate found, archival, and cultural materials and turns them into a new video.
Friday, May 20th, 8:pm
Greg Sinibaldi, saxophonist and composer

The Fuse Factory is proud to present Seattle saxophonist and composer Greg Sinibaldi (additional acts TBD). Sinibaldi has established himself as one of Seattle’s most inventive musicians, embracing a diverse musical world. Whether he’s performing with his groups Goat or Burn List, playing in the metal band Uncle Pooch, or composing new chamber music, he brings forth a characteristic and unique performance each time he plays. Inspired by a wide range of music and art, Greg has developed a unique improvisational language, developing a virtuosic and rich sonic palette. Doors 8pm. Donations: $5. BYOB, all ages.

Special events for June: 

Saturday, June 4th. 

Electronic music artest, [MIIIIM], comes back for their second show at ILLIO on June 4th. More information to come. 

Saturday, June 18th, 10:00am-10:00pm 
Tribal University 2016 with Sacred Shimmy Bellydance

For the second year in a row, Sacred Shimmy Tribal Bellydance is delighted to present Tribal University, a day of Tribal study and celebration featuring six unique classes to round out your Tribal education.

10 AM - Temple Dance Posture Warm-Up with Angie
11 AM - Exploring Slow Rhythms on Drums and Zills with Zach
12 PM - ATS Formations & Transitions with Eva & Erica
1 PM - Lunch on your own
2:30 PM - ATS Costuming with Jenny & Candy
3:30 PM - Clever Combos and Odd Pairings with Jenny & Angie
4:30 PM - Dancing in Flow with Angie
8:00 PM - Tribal University Dance Party

Registration opens April 10, 2016. Space is limited. Full day passes (including entrance to all workshops and the evening show) will be offered for a discounted rate of $60 through April 30. From May 1 on, remaining full day passes will be offered for $75. Individual classes are $15 each.


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