Size: 24"W x 18"H x 0.75"D
Year Created: 2016
Ready to Hang
This painting is currently not for sale.
It will be exhibited and for sale at
A Hyper-Curated, Contemporary Art Fair
Frieze Week, NYC, May 3-6, 2018
Smack-Dab (In The Middle) starts my return to hard edged, geometric and minimalist iconography. The title refers to a song by the same name released in 1979 by Janice McClain. It is a Rhythm and Blues, Disco, and early House music classic, in other words an unforgettable dance tune. I spent many a night dancing to this song at the infamous after hours club, The Paradise Garage, where DJ Larry Levan reigned.
On a more serious note, Merriam-Webster dictionary defines smack-dab as exactly, directly, squarely ,first used in 1892. When I finished this painting the titled came to me instantly. The central part of the painting says it all. This work was less intuitive than usual and approached in a more precise manner, starting from the center dimensions of the canvas and making decisions outward. I limited myself to red, black and white because I wanted to explore a graphic outcome. Also thinking of signs and flags.
This painting brings to mind Barnett Newman's "zip" paintings and Gene Davis's and Bridget Riley's op art stripe paintings. This painting can be displayed horizontally or vertically. Titled, signed and dated on the back. The photo has a slight distortion of the stripes, but the stripes are very hard edged and precisely spaced and straight. The painting is framed in a matte black floater frame making the overall size 19 1/2 x 25 1/2 and a depth of
1 1/4 inches.
Juan Jose Hoyos Quiles was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended The School of Visual Arts, NYC from 1979 to 1982 where he studied under Elizabeth Murray, Keith Sonnier, Raphael Ferrer, Lucio Pozzi and Nachume Miller among others. Unfortunately art school does not teach you how to make money from fine art making. Therefore forced to make a living in the big city, Juan worked for several decades in business management for several large companies in law, accounting and telecommunications. Throughout this period Juan kept abreast of the art world by going to galleries and museums and making art in his spare time. Finally freed from money constraints in 2011 with early retirement, he is now dedicated to painting full time.