After Dark by Michele M. King in the Ramp Gallery, March 31–April 28

What: After Dark by Michele M. King

When: March 31–April 28, 2014

Where: The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space at 934 Brannan St. (between 8th and 9th)

Michele M. King is a mixed media artist and social scientist, interested in livable and inclusive cities. Her art practice considers ideas about place and narratives triggered by one’s surroundings as she explores psychological space within the physical environment.

King’s current project is inspired by author Haruki Murakami and his novel, After Dark, built on the notion that very late at night, after the lights of rationality have shut off, the boundaries of daily life and the city become blurred. Individuals who were separated by day begin to melt into a soft collective, as the rigid you and I of things breaks down into the night shadow.

Listen to the audio below to hear Michele M. King discuss her inspiration and process for this new body of work:

Using paper and other fragile materials, King’s imaginary city at night becomes a stage for escapes, dreams, rescue missions, and other sprees. Like the novel of the same name, King’s After Dark series reflects stories between midnight and sunrise when anyone may re-imagine their place.

As told by Haruki Murakami in After Dark:

“Eyes mark the shape of the city. Through the eyes of a high-flying night bird, we take in the scene from midair. In our broad sweep, the city looks like a single gigantic creature – or more like a single collective entity created by many intertwining organisms. Countless arteries stretch to the ends of its elusive body, circulating a continuous supply of fresh blood cells, sending out new data and collecting the old, sending out contradictions and collecting the old.”

About the Artist
King has exhibited in the United States and Europe. She studied public policy and urban planning at Harvard University (MPA) and Virginia Tech (BA) and is fascinated by looking at issues across disciplines through ever-changing lenses.

For more about King’s work and contact information, visit: www.michelekingstudio.com.

About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space in the SOMArts lobby, accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. To view submission information as well as past exhibitions, please visit The Ramp Gallery page of our website here. To purchase work on display or for more information email gallery@somarts.org. You can visit The Ramp Gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.

Photos courtesy of Michele M. King.