In the mixed-media installation created for the PMCA’s Project Room, painter Kat Hutter and ceramicist Roger Lee present a deconstructed and abstracted vision of the quintessential California landscape.
Inspired by the rugged, scenic beauty of the state, the unprecedented collaboration is an intersection of the artists’ independent practices, their photographic explorations of California, and their combined endeavor K&R Ceramics, through which they produce carefully-crafted and glazed ceramic wares. What began as an informal, photographic documentary of the beauty surrounding them in their daily lives and travels throughout the state became the impetus for their PMCA project, Another California Day.
Created and installed onsite over a period of about one week, the installation provides a sensory experience, a three-dimensional simulation of the artists’ interpretation of the allure and uniqueness found in every California day. Hutter’s organic and abstract designs—minimal murals referencing the colors of the California landscape—and Lee’s three-dimensional forms—compositions of wet, bare, unfired clay that are loosely inspired by the succulents and cacti of the California desert—present a pure and elemental portrait of the state that inspires everything the artists do. Kat Hutter and Roger Lee: Another California Day is an uncharted, distinctive combination of media that considers the intersections of natural and created environments, beauty and the work that makes it possible.
Exhibition overview from Museum website