Susan for Susan: Trade Show
Employing a visual language that draws on industrial materials and fabrication methods, the collaborative design practice of John and Kevin Watts, aka Susan For Susan, balances rationale with experimentation to explore the distinction between sculpture and product design. Their exhibit at MOCA arranges a set of design propositions for an apartment interior, suspended from a gantry system.
Juxtaposing the raw with the polished, the sterile with pops of colour or subtle moments of humour, they imbue playfulness into a series of propositions and help humanize the industrial rigour of their objects. This dance between what is playful and what is industrial creates a tension that has come to define Susan For Susan’s work and the brothers’ approach of conceptual storytelling.
Trade Show will open at MOCA Toronto as part of the Spring 2023 exhibition alongside artists Kapwani Kiwanga, Athena Papadopoulos and Serkan Özkaya.