OUR STORY

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HOT•BED is a new creative venture that explores the relationship between art, design & biophilia.

HOT•BED began in the summer of 2017 as a creative venture between Philadelphia-based artist & gallerist, James Oliver, and horticulturist visionary, Bryan Hoffman. Bridging James Oliver’s eye for exciting contemporary art and Bryan Hoffman of Hoffman Design Group's passion for cultivating beauty through nature, HOT•BED is an up-and-coming gallery and event space that takes a fresh look at how we interact with our environment.

This ultra-collaborative space explores the relationship between our natural connection to nature, or biophilia, and art in new exciting ways. HOT•BED is comprised of a gallery, lounge, and series of artist studios that host 6-8 exhibits per year, where visitors can immerse themselves in a full sensory experience. The vivid art and specimen horticulture are expertly balanced with creature comforts like lounges and sumptuous carpets. Walking into HOT•BED, you are immediately immersed in the atmosphere that gets all those creative juices flowing. Artists come to showcase their talents, transforming the space with their energy, at our in-house curated exhibitions and monthly Poem’s Night. Guests of all backgrounds have a unique opportunity to mingle and hold collaborative discussions with one another at our various events, which include the 2018 Philly Fashion Week Kickoff and the DesignPhiladelphia closing party, among others.

People looking to enhance their home or office environments can visit the venue and select exclusive pieces of art, specimen plants and horticultural elements.People looking to add vibrancy to their home or office environments can visit the gallery and select anything within it: pieces of art, individual plants and horticultural elements are all available for purchase. The gallery and lounge are available to host weddings, showers, product launch parties, workshops, and pop-up art exhibits on behalf of clients who want the sophistication of a gallery environment without the stuffiness. 

Almost more importantly than what guests come to experience, however, is the connection that is built between people. From our studio members to our event guests to creative individuals and curiosity seekers just passing by, the community we’ve built constantly learns from and grows with one another. We are an incubator of new ideas and inclusive for people of all ages, incomes, and social standings. Come see for yourself!



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BRYAN HOFFMAN

Visionary, self-made businessman, horticulturist, collector, mentor, Bryan Hoffman is many things. His day job is as CEO of Hoffman Design Group and Principal of HOT•BED, two of Philadelphia’s leading biophilic institutions. For over 25 years, Hoffman has shown the City of Brotherly Love how to build a business, foster a community, and most importantly, how to throw a party. His vision for Philadelphia as a leading force in contemporary culture on the East Coast has contributed greatly to the city’s burgeoning art and design scene. Hoffman currently resides in the heart of Center City Philadelphia with his partner Jim Lonsdale.

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JAMES OLIVER

James Oliver is a painter whose precise visual language pushes the tradition of twentieth century abstraction into a contemporary context. Born in Upstate New York, raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, son of an advertising executive, Oliver was exposed from a young age to visual art from its' most commercial applications to more visceral exponential lives. As owner of James Oliver Gallery, Oliver has honed his painting and curatorial skills. 

Oliver is a conceptually driven formalist whose work is inspired by his dreams and emotional states, which he abstracts into an undetermined and subjective viewing experience by emphasizing line, color, and form. Even as Oliver turns to a figurative practice in recent series, rendering cultural icons like chopper bikes, Pontiac Firebirds, and his childhood poodle in detailed line drawings, these representations similarly evoke broadly accessible affects abstracted from his mental landscape.

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AUBREY M. LOFTUS

GALLERY DIRECTOR

Aubrey Loftus is a Philadelphia-based fashion designer and curator with a high-energy personality and an inexhaustible joie de vivre. Aubrey has worked for James Oliver Gallery for 6 years and has truly enjoyed the process of co-curating, connecting with artists, and exploring the depths of Philadelphia's Arts Community. Aubrey will be taking her brand Modern Misfits to the next level in 2019, exploring her own creative skills, now with years of experience in the arts and great connections under her belt. Aubrey loves exploring hidden pockets of Philadelphia, photographing strikingly humorous moments, and laughing as much as possible.

Although Aubrey is no longer officially a part of our team, as an integral part of HOTBED’s beginnings, we felt it necessary to include her in our story.

You can find Aubrey’s work & what she’s up to currently at modernmisfits.org / @modernmisfits

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ANAÏS COOPER-HACKMAN

Studio Manager

Over the few years that make up her fledgling career, Anaïs Cooper-Hackman has found strength in filling gaps. As HOT•BED’s first ever Studio Manager, her job is to spearhead projects that are essential to the growth of the gallery.

On any given day, you can find her getting endless keys copied at the walk-up window on 13th Street or flexing her knowledge of Google Suite at the nearest hipster coffee shop. Anaïs loves traveling to new places, sleeping in and scouring flea markets.

If you’d like to inquire about an event rental or studio tour, Anaïs can be reached at: hello@hotbedphilly.com

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KELSEY McKEE

Social Media & Marketing Coordinator

From Los Angeles to NYC and now Philadelphia, Kelsey’s career has taken her many places. Over the past 6 years, Kelsey has gone from studying merchandise marketing at FIDM to working New York Fashion Week and freelance event planning & production for brands such as Glossier, Betsey Johnson & Jason Wu.

Now, as the marketing director of HOTBED, Kelsey leads all things visual-storytelling & conceptualizing. From social media to web & print, she works to highlight the unique community aspect of our space as an inspiration-hub for artists, creatives & makers of all mediums. Outside of work, Kelsey indulges in contemporary dance, writing & is beginning to get into styling.

If you’d like to be featured in our artist interview series, partner with HOTBED on a concept or just talk about life - Kelsey can be reached at: kelsey@hotbedphilly.com

 

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