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What: Stan Matwychuk Artist Reception

When: Saturday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m.

Where: MY Millennium Place

Admission: Free

Artist Stan Matwychuk will showcase original new works for his first solo exhibition in Whistler for the month of October at MY Millennium Place. An artist reception takes place on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the theatre’s upstairs gallery.

The title of his show is Derivative: A Contemporary Collection of current works by Stan Matwychuk.

His works are inspired by the mathematical definition of a derivative: “a quantity measuring the rate of change of another.”

“I’ve adapted it to mean the rate of change of an instantaneous idea,” Matwychuk said. “It’s about spontaneity and how ideas come into your mind and how when they are approached you can go one way or another, and make that choice. Intuitive is a good way to put it. At the same time, I am trying to keep it all organized and keep a cohesive visual that people can grasp.”

Audiences, both close to home and internationally, are grasping the young visionary’s work, which seeks to promote awareness and equality for all.

His contemporary urban artworks utilize box mediums on stretched paper, graphic illustration, stain, spray paint, acrylics, recycled items and even hats.

Since the Ontario native’s exhibition at the 2007 World Ski and Snowboard Festival’s street-urban show, called Brave Art, Matwychuk hasn’t been able to put down his paint brush.

He was recently profiled in the 2007 Snowboard Canada buyer’s guide as one of Whistler’s leading underground talents.

In addition to inspiring art onlookers, he has inspired art in others by teaching a mural workshop at the Whistler Children’s Art Festival. He is also currently working with the Whistler Youth Centre, where he will recruit aspiring high school artists to transform the grey stairwell leading from the theatre foyer to the downstairs youth centre at MY Millennium Place.

This summer his big-picture thinking was sprayed onto the underside of the Terry Rogers Bridge on Lorimer Road, that crosses Fitzsimmons Creek. The day of anyone walking the Lost Lake trails to the Cross Country Connection is inevitably brightened by the rainbow rays cast out from the mural onto a forested scene spray painted by Matwychuk with fellow creative comrade Chili Thom as part of a Whistler Public Art Project.

“Being an artist you have to be open to each other’s work,” he said of his experience of working with Thom. “I can definitely apply more background to my work. (Chili) allowed me to think of things differently while at the same time, I am trying to define my own voice.”

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