Where Breukelen At?
By Jeremy Nguyen
On Show from 1.26.2017
Lily’s at The Roger Smith Hotel
Exhibition Opening: March 30th, 2017
The Roger Smith Hotel is delighted to present ‘Where Breukelen At?’, a site specific work by Brooklyn based cartoonist Jeremy Nguyen.
Brooklyn and New York are never ending sources of humor. It’s people are nuanced and its spaces are varied. It is its own culture and my work is an anthropological study of its ridiculousness. “Stranger Than Bushwick” is a collection of work by Nguyen which explores the broad and the minutiae of living in Brooklyn’s ‘coolest neighborhood’ that is universal among inhabitants of any emerging city for young people around the world.
About the work:
Movement and form is the core of a character. When many characters come together in a piece, relationships form. The Herringbones are a people with a non-sensical culture. They are curious, uncomfortable, and discovering their bodies and the world around them as if for the first time. They aren’t much different than a 20-year old who has just moved to Brooklyn.
The phrase “Where Breukelen At?” is a play off of the Biggie Smalls/Tupac song “Where Brooklyn At?”. The original lyrics were to hype a crowd at a concert, chanted repeatedly in the chorus. By using the original Dutch name ‘Breukelen’, I wanted to explore the actual question that many New Yorkers and Brooklynites have about their disappearing city.
-Jeremy Nguyen, 2017
Jeremy Nguyen is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist who writes and illustrates the critically-lauded comic strip “Stranger Than Bushwick” for Bushwick Daily. His work has appeared in The Guardian, The Nib, Brooklyn Magazine, and Time Out New York.
The Roger Smith is a family run hotel in Midtown Manhattan. For over 30 years the owners and employees have been committed to shaping and growing a diverse and organic cultural footprint both within the hotel and beyond. With a continued desire to converse and engage with guests, with New York and places further afield, The Roger Smith Hotel’s creative program seeks to create big opportunities, pleasurable experiences, inspiring happenings and intelligent dialogues.