SOUP experimental

is creating a DIY Art Space
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$4
per month
Friend, curious how far this goes? Your $ is 100% put back into the gallery funding artist stipends, artist outreach, gallery openings, gallery renovations, material, events budgets, new artist design clothing for our shop and oh yeah, rent.

Your name will appear under "Patrons" on our member page located at soupexperimental.com. As we evolve premium content and events will be offered specifically for you. 
Wizard of Breakfast
$10
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Back in February of 2016 on a low-lit, cold night...poorly attended yet ecstatic. The amazing artist Lucia Riffel dressed up as The Wizard of Breakfast to serve eggs and hi-c. Now guess what, you can become a wizard of breakfast too!

Friend, curious how far this goes? Your $ is 100% put back into the gallery funding artist stipends, artist outreach, gallery openings, gallery renovations, material, events budgets, new artist design clothing for our shop and oh yeah, rent.

Your name will appear under "Wizards of Breakfast" on our member page located at soupexperimental.com. As we evolve premium content and events will be offered specifically for you. 

DIY VIP
$20
per month
 Friend, curious how far this goes? Your $ is 100% put back into the gallery funding artist stipends, artist outreach, gallery openings, gallery renovations, material, events budgets, new artist design clothing for our shop and oh yeah, rent.

Your name will appear under "DIY VIP" on our member page located at soupexperimental.com. As we evolve premium content and events will be offered specifically for you. As of now DIY VIPs  will be invited to meet with the artists and director to hear about the artwork present in the gallery space.

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About SOUP experimental


C H E C K :: T H I S :: O U T
PORTAL 3 midtown highlights (offsite exhibition)

the short:
Founded in January of 2016, SOUP experimental is a DIY artist-ran space located in the beautiful little city of Tallahassee, FL.  We exhibit art forms of all genre from video, performance and installation to cooking, design and music. We have off-site installation events and a traveling collective recognized nationally. SOUP is more than a gallery, but a professional platform that connects artists between different cities and regions. Our mission is to expose the blending definition of contemporary artwork to every audience all while sharing the radiance of our own community.  

Why are we on Patreon?

We want to keep experimenting and defining meanings of contemporary art through forms of collaboration and community.


L E T ' S :: C O N N E C T 
*how do we connect artists and communities?

SOUP is a mix of collaboration through OUTREACH, ARTIST VIDEO INTERVIEWS AND OFF-SITE CREATIVE EVENTS.

- Outreach through exchange -
exchange between Georgia State University MFA and SOUP experimental
ft. Amelia Carley + Aaron Putt

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Beyond exhibiting artwork, SOUP actively reaches out to different creative projects, studios, schools and artist ran spaces through out the country. We believe in sharing our local identity to other cities in hopes of artist exchange. What's this mean? Groups of are invited to show their art at SOUP...we think mixing up the pot a bit is a good thing, "how's Atlanta doing?"... "What's Tallahassee's scene like?" Mixing community networks builds friendships and overlaps art niches. 

Below are projects with Day & Night Projects, Atlanta and the Metropolitan 250 Gallery, Philadelphia.

"Fantasy is the exercise of imagination, to make visible a vision separate from reality and free from limitation. These fanciful mental images entertain children and adults alike with magical thinking. Secret personal dreams is a place where sovereign control can create fulfillment of needs and wishes. They can also manifest as a stress-induced retreat from reality, divorced from the standing realities of the world that results in never truly living in the moment. From innocent make-believe to morbid desires, fantasy encompasses it all.

In Atlanta’s most recent manifestation of the word, Fantasy is both the subject of a multimedia exhibition by five artists and the name of their loose collective. The group was born out of SOUP Experimental, which bills itself as “Tallahassee’s premier outlet for emerging artist and experimental art,” and is showing at the relatively new artist-run space Day & Night Projects. The collaboration between the two collectives will be mutually beneficial, as SOUP will be hosting Day & Night Projects in their gallery in December." - Angela Bortone, ArtsAtl

full review:
ArtAtl - Review: Day & Night’s “Fantasy” shows multiple worlds mingling

"“The institution of the MFA is a controversial one in many ways but what can not be denied is the network that it facilitates,” said Bailey Chick, also an MFA student and curator of Metropolitan Gallery 250. “This exhibition with SOUP is a prime example of what is born of this network. The goal of Metro 250 has always been to build upon a community in Philadelphia and this shared goal with SOUP is in large part our motivation to host FANTASY. In addition, the reimagining of this space, by a group that is unfamiliar with it, and whose goal is to create an experience for the viewer and to manipulate space is a challenge and an adventure which I think is fitting to the nature of how Ashton and I met and have worked together.” - Bailey Chick, Metro 250 Co-Director
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“Our goal at Metropolitan Gallery 250 is the same as SOUP’s,” said Wendy Born, co-owner of Metropolitan Bakery. “We want to promote emerging artists while at the same time connect with our community. And coming together to discuss new ideas and perspectives is more important than ever.” - Wendy Born, co-owner of Metropolitan Bakery

full review:
BreadHead - Metropolitan Bakery


- Artist Video Profiles through SOUPmedia -

Our volunteer media team sits the artist down and interrogates. :) We ask the artist about their process and reasons for making, it's chill and we let the artist's narrative flow.  We make the conversation exciting and edible for any audience. 

Artist: Lordscience Universal


Artist: Carrie Ann Baade


- Offsite exhibitions "PORTAL" -

PORTALs are a high-energy,1 night pop-up art exhibition that flare, glow and fizzle with creative installation artworks, sculpture, video art, performances and music. PORTALs are a one time event unique to the setting and location. SOUP's PORTALs expand the boundaries of the typical gallery setting by creating off-site art exhibitions that represent the malleability and spirit of contemporary art forms as well as reflect on the unique creative climate that is happening here in Tallahassee by placing the art exhibition in a residential home.

Several different types of artists are curated and given designated rooms within the location where they have the creative freedom to transform the space taking the audience into new realms of thought and experience. New worlds become made. Sculptures will be given designated locations outside of the house alongside artist created video artworks that will be projected throughout various sites.

We want to get out of our "creative space" and install artwork at our friend's house. Maybe it's like an installation LAN party, installations, people and artworks all connected at one house where people experience it all together.

PORTAL 2 highlights


Working with fellow Creative Entities

Much of what we do is only possible through asking others to take-part in our ideas. We love looking at plans and seeing how a group of different flavors can mix up, fruiting something entirely unique. 


The Intranet
by Journey Management


Interview with Cat Family Records
ft. founder Scott Bell

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Now peeps...we want to keep building the potential of this idea!

With collaboration we are able to enrich and connect communities throughout the nation. We want to work together with you. Friends, everyone is welcome to participate and bring their own flavor to the pot. Join us in the journey! 


1 year birthday invite
ft. SOUP's founder Ashton Bird

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Director's Note + History


I am grateful to have found a receptive local atmosphere and to see a community develop that extends nationally.  If you're reading this, that most definitely includes you.  Without the plethora of talent that has rallied together in support of SOUP, we would not exist.  Looking back the past couple years, its amazing to see how this seed of an idea has taken root and begun to thrive beyond what I could have predicted.  It didn't feel quite like a seed at the time - in fact, it felt huge - but in hindsight I can recognize that it was still just powerful potential that could only take shape through collaboration and participation.  Today SOUP is a blend of ll these inspired efforts, simmering together to create a space of creative nourishment and free expression.

Our name and collaborative, multidisciplinary approach were inspired by an important chapter in contemporary art history: FOOD, an artist-ran space co-founded in 1971 by Caroline Gooden and Gordon Matta-Clark with Tina Girouard. Located in SoHo on Prince and Wooster Streets, FOOD gave platform to any creator, from cooks, poets, and performers to visuals and architects.  The restaurant provided low-price meals to support those in need and invited members of the community and artists a-like to be guest chefs, resulting in memorable artist-rendered concoctions.  FOOD quickly became known for Matta-Clark's, "Matta-Bone" soup, which featured oxtail, roasted marrow bones, frogs' legs among other bone-type of entrees.  Finishing the bowl, the bones were scrubbed then strung together as a necklace of leftovers the participant could bring home.  Here at the intersection of art, performance, and social engagement, participants found that something as a bowl of soup could leave an imprint to last a lifetime.

SOUP has developed in response to the artistic vision and spirit behind food, and though we've put forth a menu of decidedly less edible offerings, we are looking forward to the year ahead and all the possibilities it might bring.  At the heart of it all is our commitment to strengthening our community.  For us, this means exploring creative ways to form connections between all kinds of people and projects that might, on the surface, appear to have little in common, yet stirred together, produce something of delicious substance. 

Sincerely, 

Ashton Bird
Director of 
SOUP experimental
Goals
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1. lets live on.

2. travel stipend or funding to selected exhibiting artists.
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