May 19 2022
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Sep 04 2022
Michael Guerra Foerster: Every Time We Say Goodbye

Michael Guerra Foerster: Every Time We Say Goodbye

Presented by Artpace San Antonio at Artpace San Antonio

In Every Time We Say Goodbye, Michael Guerra Foerster explores ideas of intimacy, separation, grief and memory through ceramic sculptures called Floops. This work takes root in the artist’s subconscious and touches upon the fundamental transformation of interpersonal relationships through time, the coping mechanisms used to bring closure to traumatic experiences, and the incredible toll of the human condition.

Throughout the exhibition are several unique and strange forms that draw inspiration from animation, games and toys representative of the early 2000’s. These forms are littered with cracks and spontaneous ashen markings produced in the pit firing process, a method Foerster sees as a stand-in for the human condition: huge flames, rapidly changing pressure and falling debris creating a variety of effects, desirable or otherwise. The expressions on the Floops are simple yet evocative. While some radiate confidence, others express insecurity, and still others betray no emotion whatsoever. Many of the Floops in the space also emit incense, trailing clouds of smoke in the gallery and recalling the violent nature of pit firing, giving that conceptually traumatic experience a presence, but the sour scent of charred wood has been replaced by that of copal and palo santo, thought to cleanse and bring healing. Each form exists as a different manifestation and amalgamation of influences Foerster considers significant: close friends, friends and family long lost, distant memories, past traumas, and coping mechanisms.

In an effort to connect with visitors, the artist invites visitors to pull a ticket and take it to the front desk to receive a piece to take home.

Admission Info

Free Admission

Dates & Times

2022/05/19 - 2022/09/04

  • Aug 19, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Aug 20, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Aug 21, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Aug 22, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Mon)
  • Aug 23, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Aug 24, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Aug 25, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Aug 26, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Aug 27, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Aug 28, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Aug 29, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Mon)
  • Aug 30, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Aug 31, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Sep 1, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Sep 2, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Sep 3, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Sep 4, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)

Additional time info:

Opening reception May 19 from 6-9pm

Location Info

Artpace San Antonio

445 N Main, San Antonio, TX 78205