September’s Arts Alley Openings: Caitlin Goebel’s Horror Vacui in The Modbo and the Comic Art Fest in SPQR!


The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. present September’s Arts Alley opening on Friday, September 6th, from 5:30 pm until midnight.  The Modbo will host Horror Vacui: a show of new work by Caitlin Goebel, while SPQR presents its first ever Comic Art Show in anticipation of the Comic Art Fest on Saturday, September 7th.  At 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm on the night of the opening, look for special performances by Colorado Springs’ very own Evilettes, go- go dancing, bee-hive rocking, invaders who are armed with sax-a-ma-phones and insta-fry ray guns.  These singing enchantresses just love to perform– don’t miss them!

In the Modbo:

Caitlin Goebel is a twenty-four year old big dreamin’ perma-teen residing in Colorado Springs, CO. Largely self-taught, but well versed in a broad spectrum of techniques and materials, she prefers unorthodox supplies like fluorescent paints, glitter, and rhinestones to more traditional media. Goebel’s work intends to meld two of her biggest obsessions, the erudite web Modern Art and theory and the glitzy glamour of trash-fashion culture.  Goebel has shown her work throughout the region since 2007, and is currently working towards a Bachelor’s of Art History and Gallery Management at UCCS.  Horror Vacui is her first solo exhibition.

Horror Vacui, can be defined as the filling of the entire surface of an Art object. This body of work questions the idea of surface, a physical plane. While these pieces allude to the idea of “flattening” the surface of a painting with clean, geometric patterns and a matted finish, their flat-footed modernity is confused by the addition of one or multiple layers of a similarly themed, though glossy and “surfaceless,” image. The space that is covered is not a left to right plane, but rather a forward and backward space. Depth is created via the “stacking” of supine and ultra-simplified images. The content is arbitrarily selected and inspired by the campy, glitzy, and oft-vapid gloss of post-Internet Millennial culture.


In honor of the Comic Art Fest, to be held on Saturday, September 7th at SPQR, the gallery will be showing a special selection of comic artists for the month, including T.K. Miller, Langdon Foss, Joe Oliver, Kevin Johnson, Nate Hamel, Dan Crosier, and more! Comic Art Fest is a celebration of comic book art, recognizing artists in the Colorado area. This year – the third annual event – will feature over 15 local and regional professional comic artists who will show their work and do sketches and art demonstrations.   The event will include several artist Q&A panels, an art auction and an art activity area for kids.