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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Another California Day
April 17th-September 11th
PMCA, 490 E. Union St., Pasadena 91101
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.
Read more about Kat + Roger at their blog KatAndRoger.com.