Eric Gregory Powell

Saturday, September 13, 2008

New American (hipster chinese grandpas)

I few months ago when I was changing buses where the north third rings road turns south I saw what I had quickly deemed to be a figment of my imagination, two nondescript Chinese yéye (grandpa) riding casually on very high-end Italian road bikes. Yesterday I was in that same area again and in need of a little bike repair myself. After stepping in to the local Giant shop, which is known to be one of the better ones around town, I ran into yéye number one and his two Colnagos. A couple minutes later yéye number 2 showed up on his ride, pipe in mouth. By this point I was pretty confused so I decided to ask them why they have these really sweet bikes and they told me, "because they go fast".

Friday, September 12, 2008

New America(futureworld)

I left Beijing after my first visit almost one year ago when the CCTV Tower was unlinked, just two spires of steel on the verge of collapsing on each other. From the Getty wire service I would check every week or so to see what I had missed. Sometime in January just after the beginning of this year, 2008, the two arms met. This moment passed with little notice. It did not have the same impact as lets say the meeting of the First Transcontinental Railroad in 1869 with the golden spike, but maybe this is just because it did not make for such a good photo op. I have yet to run into Rem around town, but if I were to just bump into him I imagine it would be a bit like the first time Colin and I spotted Tillmans at the Hirschhorn. Koolhaas is in the genre of celebrity that can probably fully anticipate exactly what type of person would instantly recognize him on the street. He would with great certainty be able to imagine what type of books I own, the type of art I study, the type of furniture I want to buy, and the people that I would want to meet.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

New America(Post-Games)

Post-Games Beijing means two things. First, the arrival of Flat Stanley and second, home decor.

Like most westerners, Stanley prefers restaurants that offer picture menus.

Right now I'm living in a fully furnished rented apartment. Everything has been great and it has been convenient not to have to worry about getting furniture. Now I have realized that I have to much furniture and there is nothing I can do about it. Working with a Chinese real-estate agent is something I think everyone should get to try once, and if you're really lucky you might even have the opportunity to have them fix something for you. Their solutions to common heating and plumbing problems are always truly creative, however terribly short sighted.

All that aside, look at this.

This is the ceiling light in living room. It's really unbearable to look at and Rococo style just is not my thing. Only the center has electricity running to it so I might try to take some of it down and make it a bit more tactical.

The red IKEA corner sofa that sits beneath the extravagant light has also been an issue for me. I really just don't like it because it is too big. (the fabric also brings back memories of Micheal's chair that took me nearly a year to get rid of) I've started to fight these problems by designing pillows. At trip to the fabric market to buy a few yards of pure linen fabrics (98RMB, 14.30USD) and then to the neighborhood seamstress (5RMB each, total of 6 pillows, 30RMB = 4.38USD)

Next round I might just go for solids.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

New American Mountaineer & Haircut (China)

Thursday, September 04, 2008

New American Rooftop

Monday, September 01, 2008

New America (Inner Mongolia)