FOUNDATION ART SPACE is a small mixed-use gallery, studio and office located on the backside of downtown Exeter at 111R Water Street along the river. This is the headquarters for TEAM and our parent organization ARTS INDUSTRY ALLIANCE. We host regular art shows featuring member and guest artists, as well as occasional intimate musical performances, poetry readings, and workshops.
Foundation is available for rent to artists and organizations at very reasonable rates.
Please contact us at 603-512-8396 or ArtsIndustryAlliance@gmail.com for details.
Art : Beat
“Art : Beat”, a colorful collaboration by husband and wife team
Bruce and Tracy Jones, is inspired in part by ever growing feelings of
anxiety amidst the emerging oppression of our society.
Bruce and Tracy reflected on past generations who struggled
similarly, and gravitated towards Kerouac and his cohorts,
attracted to their contributions to the progressive moments
of the 1960s and 70s.
Bruce's portrayals of America's “Beat” writers and some of their
Bebop musical inspirations are a pertinent reminder for all of us to never
take our First Amendment rights for granted, and to pay homage to
those men and women who raged against their oppressors while
fighting to express themselves. These large scale impressionistic
portraits are painted in a limited palette with bold strokes,
reminiscent of the Pop Art colors of the mid 20th century. The
depictions are nuanced, and expose the subjects' human
imperfection and frailty, while striving to capture the struggles that
these writers and musicians endured throughout their lives. The
square format was definitively chosen as dramatic irony, for the Beat
Generation defines "cool," and these artists were simply not capable
of being “square!"
Many of these artists were afflicted by substance abuse and
addiction, similar to the epidemic which continues to permeate our
present society. Undoubtedly, these writers, artists, and musicians
are defined by their genius, and not by their illnesses - similarly, we
must not let this present scourge define our friends and neighbors,
but rather, encourage creatives to find their voices as well.
Tracy's large scale collage assemblages also evoke Pop Art
characteristics, while correlating with Bruce's portraits, as the
repetitive circles contrast symbolically with the squares. Constructed
primarily of donated recycled materials, each is like a miniature
abstract painting itself, made of pure pigment, selected to either
interact with its surroundings, or assembled as protests. These
pieces are made to elicit responses and to force the viewers to look
a little deeper at the world around them, to smile a little, and if necessary, to howl.
Previous Shows & Events
‘’The human form can receive varying reactions when a person views themselves with a self-assessing mind. At times we may be confident, much like the bold, vivid colors on my canvases, which are all wood. In other moments, we may feel like the thin layer of iridescent paint I use; vulnerable, exposing the natural grain beneath, and hesitant. I personally am a pendulum, swinging between these two radically different states of being. However, I aim to see myself as just a human and hold no importance over how I appear; for my body is a vessel for all that I think, do, and create."
KARA HUNT : SOLO EXHIBIT
Opening Weekend / November 6th & 7th / 10am - 5pm
Foundation Art Space, 111R Water Street, Exeter, NH
TEAM and Foundation Art Space are excited to welcome Kara Hunt of Anahata Healing Arts for her first solo exhibit.
Kara lives in Brentwood, NH, a mother of two who explored many career paths until finding her calling in alternative medicine, ultimately focusing on Reiki and Biofield Tuning. Finding a comfortable fit in her professional life has empowered her to finally begin to play and experiment with her own creative urges. Kara has only been painting for 2 short years, and just began to share and sell her work online during the pandemic. She looks forward to showcasing her work to an in-person public audience and sharing her thoughts and process as a new artist.
* Kara Hunt Artist Statement *
I was well into adulthood when I began to paint, and through that process realized I had never fully expressed myself up until that point. I've always admired the writer who can capture an emotion so beautifully with just a sentence, the singer whose voice betrays their inner world, or the dancer who makes you feel more human through movement. I also always admired the simple act of creative expression, regardless of the reaction to it. I never thought that I could take it upon myself, however, to even attempt to do something similar until I finally took the leap and began to experiment with painting. My art is a reflection of the mental and emotional state I am in when I make it, or sometimes a state of being that I am longing to embody or wishing for us to embody collectively. Since it's primarily about being human through my experience of it, my hope is that at times, it stirs something in the viewer that feels like a piece of their experience as well.
Morph: An Exhibition Of Urban Impositions
Come and celebrate the gallery opening of Dana Nastee’s premiere solo show. ‘Morph: An Exhibition of Urban Impositions’ explores the dynamic relationship between street art and the surrounding world. A transformation on something that was never intended to be transformed. A completion of something previously deemed completed. This exhibition features the afflicted lost works of Beth Wittenberg, Lee Gee, Bruce Jones, Common Roots Studio, and more.
Come experience Morph and share a beverage with the artist on August 2nd from 5-8PM at Foundation Art Space.
“RED” @ FOUNDATION Art Space
Feb 8th – March 23rd, 2019
111R Water Street, Exeter, NH 03833
The color at the end of the spectrum, blending from orange and opposite violet, symbolizing love & lust, anger & rage, heat & fire, romance & joy, blood & danger. Come see work that contains a bit of RED, or the multitude of emotions it can express.