Art + Culture
Graffiti artists, music & Smart Cars at TunnelVision
TunnelVision is teaming up with Smart Car this month for a music-and-art-filled day on Saturday, September 19! There’s live painting by some stellar graffiti artists, tons of music and, yes, test drives! It’s the NYC launch of the #smartUSAtour and it’s happening here in DUMBO.
Test drive a new Smart Car through the streets of DUMBO on Saturday morning. Drives begin at 11am and go through 4pm. At 3pm, TunnelVision is taking over the Archway with performances by DJ mOma, Meridian Lights and Wonderground. Pop out to Pearl Street Triangle to take in live paining demos during all afternoon by local artists Elle, Meres and Peter Hoacs. At 8pm, Mike W. Moore is taking over the plaza with a large scale live painting experience that will be projected onto the side of the Manhattan Bridge, to beats by Brooklyn-based electronic duo Tanlines.
About the Artists
Mike W. Moore. Matt W. Moore works to the credo of ‘range is conducive to growth.’ Like many artists of his generation, Matt’s background was in action board sports and the action art of graffiti, each with their core value of speed, do-it-yourself ethic, enthusiasm for new terrain, and sheer fun of collaboration. Over the past decade, he’s applied those principles to his bold, graphic aesthetic in media both analog and digital, for projects both personal and commercial. As founder of MWM Graphics, Matt dubbed his digital abstract style ‘Vectorfunk’ early on in his career, and has since employed it to cover surfaces ranging from Ray-Ban Wayfarers to Almond Surfboards; an Apple Desktop, Coca-Cola’s London Olympics Campaign, and an entire issue of Wired Magazine. Whether working in fine art or commercial applications, Matt W. Moore finds that each sparks the other. Graphic design projects often inform the Monumental Murals he paints in city neighborhoods around the world. His annual series of Watercolor Paintings in black and white might inform future Logo Designs. Cross-pollinating between disciplines allows him to constantly refresh his perspective and produce unique work. Applying his vision to new surfaces or in collaboration with others always proves his credo. Many of Matt’s most memorable projects have been at the intersection of art and design, and often involve substantial collaborative processes. These range from his own initiatives, such as his clothing line Glyph Cue and his home goods line Core Deco, to projects initiated by others, such as painted outdoor sculptures for Moscow’s Sretenka Design Week, robot-generated Sharpie marker drawings done with a Modified CNC Machine, and curated projects such as murals at Art Basel Miami Beach or corridor-length wall paintings in Barcelona’s Vincci Hotel. Leaving himself open to the inspiration of new places, materials, and looming deadlines, for the majority of his projects with art galleries, he arrives to the venue empty-handed, creating the entire body of work as a residency on-site, whether in Paris, São Paulo, or Cincinnati, and always with accompanying outdoor murals and street paintings.
Tanlines. Tanlines is an American electronic music and indie rock duo from Brooklyn, New York composed of percussionist Jesse Cohen and guitarist and vocalist Eric Emm. Their influence is drawn from various genres including pop, indie, dance and world music. Tanlines’ debut album Mixed Emotions was released on March 20, 2012 and reached No. 2 on the Billboard Heatseekers album chart.
DJ mOma, the resident deejay for Everyday People, Harlem Nights, Dance, Dance, Dance and The Good Spot, is the embodiment of versatility. His sets combine funk, soul, r&b, disco, house, hip-hop, reggae, world beats and underground dance grooves with rare gems and modern-day bangers.
Meridian Lights will bring its always-riveting live show to the tunnel stage. The Brooklyn-based band is led by vocalist Bradley Valentin and guitarist Yohimbe Sampson, with drummer Brian Mason and bassist Daddy Longlegz. These musical visionaries pull freely from rock, soul, world and electronic music to create a driving, genre-defying sound. After their soul-stirring performance at TunnelVision last summer, we are thrilled to have them back.
Wonderground is a party collective that includes DJ Internal Affairs and DJ Silence and hosts Cav Manning and Terry Bethel. Wonderground gatherings are all about dancing, with classic and rare jams that get things moving.