Creepy’s made his street art mark on NYC. After painting walls around the world for the past five years, Australian street artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers (aka Creepy) is in town soaking up NYC, and also found time to hit a roof top wall in Brooklyn.
He refers to his work as “narrative driven, character based folk art”. The creatures, geometric shapes and colours are delicately balanced to express melancholy and lightness at the same time, perfectly depicting “ideas of burden, memory and nostalgia”, his inspiration for this work. Check out this cool time lapse video of the installation.
Brooklyn Street Art caught up with Creepy during the installation and gained some insights into his work, here’s an excerpt from that interview.
Brooklyn Street Art: Kind of cold up on the roof, no? Were you expecting it to be so cold?
Creepy: Freezing! I couldn’t bend my fingers at the end of the day.
Brooklyn Street Art: What is the inspiration for this piece?
Creepy: Currently my new works are based on ideas of burden, memory and nostalgia. I was trying to show a sinking feeling of lost time or of being somewhere else in your head apart from the immediate reality. I’m thinking of great moments of the past that you could never replicate – that kind of thing.
Brooklyn Street Art: You like using patterns, and you sometimes you go back and replace the pattern on part of the piece with something new. What are you evoking with the mix of shapes and colours?
Creepy: I like the idea that many smaller details (patterns) in life exist individually but make up a much larger picture or story, and each tiny detail is just as important as the next. They need each other to make up the bigger idea – like a city or a personality. Sometimes I replace the pattern while painting if I feel like the colour balance is not quite right.
Brooklyn Street Art: We’ve seen a lot of monsters and women in your figurative pieces. Are they favourite topics?
Creepy: I just try to tell stories in my work from ideas and events I have experienced in life. Sometimes those stories need creatures, women and men.
Brooklyn Street Art: Thematically, where do you draw your inspiration?
Creepy: From dreams, memory and the harsh and humorous everyday.
After building an audience on the streets for five years, Creepy had his first solo exhibit, “you just have your eyes closed”, last summer at turner galleries. His long, skinny legged creatures showed up in over a hundred pieces ranging from huge wall installations, to large canvases, to works on wood as small as two inches.
Hopefully we’ll get a few more installations around NYC from Creepy before he moves on to his next adventure.
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