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A painting from the series 'Dirty Dirty Love' exploring modern relationships, the taboo and the mundane.

In the title "B and N" stands for "Becky and Neomi" the two girls pictured (I just could not fit the whole thing in the title caption above).

And why is this considered "Dirty?" Well the title is ironic on purpose - it's intent is to take issues normaly deamned "deviant" and present it in a light more common place and purposefully mundane in order to inspire dialog about why said issue is "deviant" in the first place.

With Becky and Neomi I wanted to address a penchant, in America at least, to accept a level of lesbianism in a sexually desirable manner. The image of two women in the throws of intimacy is widely exploited as something to be celebrated - as long as both women are young and beautiful. Yet, if you were to take the same image and replace it with two men, you'd get a widely different reaction. Here, what I wanted to do was challenge this notion by depicting a quiet, tender, yet non-sexual moment in the life of these two women. By positioning them in such away that the relationship is automatically called into question, we begin to look at them differently, as people, not merely as objects of sexual desire.
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Given 2008-09-20
What can I even begin to say about ~cobotenuss? Words cannot express how beautiful and rife with tension and emotion all his pieces are, especially Dirty Dirty Love: B and N. By far my favorite piece in this series, it is eloquent and dazzling--though I expect nothing less from such a fantastic and devoted artist. ( Featured by oilsoaked )
pouttnik Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
it is great work!!
reubennegron Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
marambaia Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
reubennegron Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly. It is watercolor indeed!
marambaia Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Really beautiful.. congrats... Which paper did you use.. if it is possible to know?
reubennegron Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I used Arches cold press... 300gsm I believe.
Rauhan-Toveri Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I wondered first why this is called "dirty", because I think this is very innocent work, but now I understand that the "dirty" is irony.
I like this work, this is so clean and serene.
reubennegron Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you - and yes, the "dirty" is meant to be a remark on how some people can look at scenes of love and think they are unclean simply because what is happening or who the people are. It's a series that drives to open people's narrow minds.
YourDAMOCLES Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nicely done!
reubennegron Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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