I’ve been in Beijing for over a year, but have yet to post on our rapidly developing art district 798. My first time at 798 was filled with nostalgic feelings of the Seattle Folklife Festivals with the small arts and craft vendors on every corner. But after some time and multiple trips, I’m losing those feelings and growing into new ones— due to the good company I’ve always had and of course to the ever-changing scenery. No more than 20 years ago was the area littered with independent artists renting out studio space. Now, 798’s filled with blossoming studios and corporate event gatherings. I think the a great appeal comes from the gradual shift of the old(er) to the new--contemporary scene moving in, while remnants of the if you will “original individuals’” works still exist if you're trying to find it. As everything else, it’s what you make of it. We look for what we wish to see, but feel what we want to be.
Part Deux of the Seattle to Beijing adventures continue with my lovely friends Nika and Adam while we hit up Beijing’s Art District 798. Thanks Adam for the couple photos. ;)