SMASH: Nourish @ Gardiner Museum, Wednesday, June 26, 2019

by A.J. Lam

SMASH: Nourish, hosted by the Gardiner Museum Young Patron Circle, on a beautiful serene summer night presented Toronto’s newest and boldest art party full of vibrant creative artwork, directed by RBC Senior Curator Corrie Jackson, delectable cuisine by the Food Dudes, luscious drinks, such as Astoria prosecco, and novel experiences, to accompany the sweet tunes of DJ Dre Ngozi.

The annual SMASH aims to bring together leading-edge young Canadian contemporary artists with art enthusiasts and the new generation of philanthropists.Undoubtedly, this year’s SMASH: Nourish succeeded in providing nourishment for the mind, body and soul.

Artistic nourishment purveyors were artists/performers: 

Diana Lynn VanderMeulen, a Toronto-based multimedia artist who investigates mysterious elements of our natural world through a selective vision of magical realism.

Ness Lee, an illustrator/artist based in Toronto, who explores the sensitivity of emotional expression and its resonance with intimacy of the self and our engagements.

Jon Sasaki, a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist whose practice brings performance, video, object, and installation into a framework where expectation and outcome rarely align.

DJ Dre Ngozi, a musical artist who can be heard (and seen!) playing the sweetest sets at all the feel-good parties, spinning everything from classic hip-hop and R&B, to island riddims and afrobeat, to electro and house, and anything in-between.

MINDSET,  a first-of-its-kind mental and emotional fitness hub designed to introduce mindfulness, breathwork, and positive psychology in an accessible and engaging way to even the most skeptical type-A working professionals.  

The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art was opened in 1984 by George and Helen Gardiner to house their collection of ancient American artifacts and European pottery and porcelain.  In 2006, the Gardiner Museum was renewed with a modernist expansion designed by the award-winning architectural firm of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg, allowing the Gardiner Museum to present touring exhibits such as the recent provocative and beautiful exhibit Unbroken, a tour de force of ceramic art by renowned activist artist Ai WeiWei.

We would like to thank Rachel Weiner of the Gardiner Museum for the invitation to SMASH.