To meet Alice Longyu Gao is to be beguiled by her. The Chinese-born, New York-based performance artist-cum-personality-cum-DJ (the type of multi-hyphenate many the creative could only dream of) is now bringing Alice Longyu Gao to Times Square for a new pop-up, PERICURA.
Running for five days (it began this past Saturday), PERICURA will see Alice and her friends host accessory workshops, as well as create nail stations and makeshift manga hair salons.The installation echos Gao's embrace of Harajuku culture, as well as many other of her personal fascinations. Expect to see a full pink shag and glittery room, as well as two Gao-original scuptures and Maneki Neko cats. Oh, and 400 pink fortune cookies.
"I am aware that I am different from other people," Alice toldi-D of the pop-up exhibition. "PERICURA is my response to people's questions about my outfits, my looks, and what's going on in my head."
She continues: "Even though I want to offer people an opportunity to experience the things I am into, and sneak a peak in my world, I am not trying to actually transform them or to persuade them to follow me, like me, or become another me. I hope they feel my originality and feel encouraged to discover their own."