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Smack-Dab (In The Middle) 2016 by Juan Jose Hoyos Quiles

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Painting, Acrylic on Canvas
18.0 inch x 24.0 inch

(19.5 inch x 25.5 inch framed)
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About This Work

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 paint wraps around the edges of the painting so it is ready to hang as is. Perhaps it could also be framed in a black simple frame with more depth.

Juan Jose Hoyos Quiles


Clearwater, fl United States

Juan Jose Hoyos Quiles was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended The School of Visual Arts in NYC from 1979 to 1982 where he studied under Elizabeth Murray, Keith Sonnier, Raphael Ferrer, Nachume Miller, and Lucio Pozzi. From 1982 to 1983 Juan sh... More


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Artwork Details

Type: Painting
Medium: Acrylic
Support Type: Canvas
Artwork Height: 18.0 inch
Artwork Width: 24.0 inch
Full Height (including frame): 19.5 inch
Full Width (including frame): 25.5 inch
Depth: 0.8 inch
Weight: 4.0 lbs

Ready to Hang: Yes
Framed: Yes
Frame Material: Black Wood
Year Created: 2016
Signed: Yes
Signature Location: Titled Dated Signed on the back

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