ASHES/ASHES is freaking out to present GOODBYE, a new exhibition featuring the work of performance artist Jake Dibeler. The exhibition runs from August 15 through September 26, with a performance by Dibeler on August 22 at 8pm. The gallery space will be transformed for the performance, with black-and-white ceramic tiling and banal funeral décor evoking both the cold sterility of a men’s bathroom and the awkward somberness of a wake. Jake’s macabre and outlandish performance, incorporating drag, dance, and lip-syncing, will realize the dramatic potential of these ordinarily drab interior spaces – the bathroom becomes eroticized, voyeuristic; the funeral wake becomes an unholy spectacle. All the while, the “deceased” remains elusive – whether it is the artist, the art, or something else entirely is a question for the viewer’s interpretation.

For the remainder of the exhibition, the gallery will showcase the quiet remains of Dibeler’s performance. T-shirts and souvenirs will be available for sale online for those who didn't feel like showing up.

Jake Dibeler is a performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York. With hilarious and sometimes terrifying stage antics and choreography, Dibeler pulls from the debris of pop culture to construct abstract narratives and socio-political commentaries. Dibeler’s performances deftly hopscotch through loud visuals of death, disease, sexuality, and raw humanity.​​​​​​​