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Kat & Roger: Another California Day

Apr 18, 2016

kat_roger_940_2Travel our great state of California and we are mesmerized by Saguaro, redwoods, streets lined with blooming jacaranda, rugged cliffs, and miles of ocean.

Painter Kat Hutter and ceramicist Roger Lee began “an informal, photographic documentary of the beauty surrounding them in their daily lives and travels throughout the state. The result? A Pasadena Museum of California project called “Another California Day,” an installation that took three days to install.

The installation provides a sensory experience, a three-dimensional simulation of the artists’ interpretation of the allure and uniqueness found in every California day. (PMCAonline.org)

Hutter’s murals are minimalist and use the California landscape as a palette and Lee’s ceramic forms, “compositions of wet, bare, unfired clay… are loosely inspired by the succulents and cacti of the California desert.”

 

Kat Hutter working on mural; photo, PMCA

Kat Hutter working on mural; photo, PMCA

 

From a video they made, we learn…

Kat: “Every summer we would stay at a cabin on the lake with no TV, no entertainment; so I would sit for hours coloring coloring books trying to stay within the lines, which makes a lot of sense now for what I’m doing.”

Roger: “So I got started in ceramics right after high school; took a class at Santa Monica College and ended up getting really involved with it, getting my own wheel. I fell in love with the process.”

 

Photo: Kat + Roger, Paint + Clay

Photo source, blog: Kat + Roger, Paint + Clay

 

Roger and Kat met in graduate school. Now Roger throws the pots and Kat paints them. But, they’ve also moved outside the lines, “pushing past contentment,” as Kat says. “Most people are searching for that contentment and comfort, but a lot of creative people can’t survive in that. It’s like we always need something else, something new, something different, something fresh.”

 

Photo: Kat + Roger, Paint + Clay

Photo source, blog: Kat + Roger, Paint + Clay

 

They did a site-specific sculpture “that has nothing to do with ceramics” at the L. A. Arboretum. It is more about space, color, and bringing color into nature. “Because we both love what we’re doing, we actually work really well together… we enjoy it.”

 

Kat Hutter and Roger Lee, Studies for Another California Day, 2015. Courtesy of the Artists. Photo © JUCO

Kat Hutter and Roger Lee, Studies for Another California Day, 2015. Courtesy of the Artists. Photo © JUCO

 

Another California Day
April 17th-September 11th
PMCA, 490 E. Union St., Pasadena 91101
Admission:
Remember: Free 1st Fridays and free 3rd Thursday evenings
For more info, visit PMCAonline.org/another-california-day

 

A special collection of K+R ceramics have been created for PMCA and this exhibition,
and are available for purchase in the museum bookstore.

 

K+R ceramics; photo source, PMCA

K+R ceramics; photo source, PMCA

 

Read more about Kat + Roger at their blog KatAndRoger.com.

 

Kat Hutter and Roger Lee; photo sourced from KatAndRoger.com

Kat Hutter and Roger Lee; photo sourced from KatAndRoger.com

 

 




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