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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).

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(UPDATE)
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 )
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pouttnik Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
it is great work!!
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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marambaia Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Stunning!
Watercolors?
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly. It is watercolor indeed!
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marambaia Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Really beautiful.. congrats... Which paper did you use.. if it is possible to know?
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I used Arches cold press... 300gsm I believe.
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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.
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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.
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YourDAMOCLES Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nicely done!
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Jsweethome Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
They look so serene
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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That-Rodion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012   Filmographer
Every time I come back to this Im always enthralled!! Such amazing work! Kudos, sir!
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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LadyMoontime Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
This is such an amazing concept - de-sexualizing it really does have the effect of looking at them as HUMANS and not OBJECTS :) The warm glow and the real-ness in shape and form give this image a really nice feel to it. I thought it was a photo, at first. Amazing work, truly.
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. I feel like sometimes sensationalism gets in the way of content and this painting was all about stripping away the expected, hyper-sexualized noise that usually follows a white-male's fantasy of two women. Sorry, I needed to vent. It just gets me heated because this kind of polarized rhetoric infiltrates more than sex - it affects our politics and religion and education and personal relationships.
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LadyMoontime Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
No problem. You're right about what the usual fantasy is, and how this tender moment kind of startled me out of what I was perhaps expecting to see (with such a title). The soft tenderness of the moment is what I love most about it.Also that you didn't make it lewd - although some sexual relationships between women are that way - mostly women seek comfort, tenderness and understanding. You captured that... tenderness... that most people think can only happen between a man and woman :) Well done!
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. I do think that tenderness exists in any relationship - we just only tend to see it more so in certain lights because, well, for one reason or another, that's what's normally shown.

Cheers. :)
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UpToThem Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for posting this. First of all its incredible and secondly I love that they are not mauling each other, asses in the air. There is something between them, there is something to long for. You've done a great job adding depth here.
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I find the subtle nuances the develop between a couple far more interesting than gratuitous over-acting. It's far more erotic to let their interactions play out in your head than to just see the same thing over and over again. If I wanted to see that I'd just look for it online!
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Nightmarecl Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
I must admit I like the idea, portraying them as people rather than objects, sure sex appeal here and there is nice, especially for the mainstream audience but objectifying gets grating on my mind. Honestly, some people would love to see a lesbian couple in the midst of lust and passion, but if where simply instead a everyday moment, they would most likely be disgusted. ('Some', I am not sure which social group/s would fit here)

Still, the piece is of superb quality, very well made. Keep it up, looking forward to more of your work.
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. The way I see it is if you want to see two girls having sex you can just find that quite easily online. I'm more interested in showing the before or after than the during. Plus, I like reality - it's far more interesting than fiction.
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Nightmarecl Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
I'm honestly not very interested in acts of lust (procreation or intimacy, call it whatever you want) between two people when I'm not one of them (like its ever going to happen though), just seems wrong to view in my opinion.

Reality is far more interesting than fiction, after all countless people decide the course of lives, rather than the author or writers. Sorry for the rant, I agree with your statement for the most part, thanks for the reply.
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smudges34 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love the different sources of light... and everything about this picture!
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! This is a special one to me. I learned a lot doing this piece.
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Patastic Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful in several ways.
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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cayterr Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
pheonominal. you truely are an incredible artist
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, you are too kind.
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shahzebahm Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
nice effort :)
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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patronustrip Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Professional Filmographer
i love it :heart: amazing work
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Ravenhaired1 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This piece is absolutely brilliant. Great work.
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Ravenhaired1 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, it really is a fantastic peace.
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Painful-Tears Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
The atmosphere in this piece is calm and soothing. The composition of the women is wonderful. Even though there are two lovely women centered in this painting. I can't help but focus on the bed sheets. I love the details in the corners of the bed, and the sheet thats bunched up at the corner of the bed. Overall this piece is very well put together. ^-^
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. I just hung this piece up on my wall for the first time in ages so i've been thinking a lot about what i learned from it. It's a special one close to my heart.
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art-is-my-life-98 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
this....is a painting???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!this looks so real(not so much the actual people, that's more understandable, but the mattress/ window is beyond amazing!!!!) i cannot believe how good this is, lesbian love 'til the end. i kneel before your indescribable greatness and artistic talent....i still can't believe how good this is...
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It is a painting indeed! Cheers!
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art-is-my-life-98 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
No problem, i'm still in complete and utter shock from looking at this painting, it's just so incredibly good and brilliantly done!i love it so much and am still so very, very jealous of your amazing talents....i cannot even come within 1000miles of this(maybe even further away) your too good for me to comprehend.....
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol, you do me too much kindness. Actually, looking at this piece makes me realize just how far I've come! It's actually hanging up in my house for the first time in 4 years so it's a constant reminder of soooo many things. But I am super glad that it affects you and that you keep coming back to it. It's all I could ever hope from my work.
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art-is-my-life-98 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
that's really good to hear, you should be really proud of this, because, even though i don't really know you too well, i'm very proud of you!!!!keep doing work like this and you'll get far...it's still such an amazing piece...
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You make me blush. Thank you so much.
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BassyFacey Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
this is stunning
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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evanjensen Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I was up at 92Y Tribeca the other day, for a program, and did I see this on display in an anteroom just inside the entrance? The textures observable in person just don't come across in this digital copy. I was astounded, the whole piece was more amazing that I ever expected.
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It was there indeed - part of the show "Off the Clock" that features artists who are or have been artist assists. I'm glad you recognized it. Trying to get faithful reproductions has been a real strain the past few years. I wish I could someone translate the textures to the digital world much better without having to upload a 3gb image to the net.
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evanjensen Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I find the same issue with scanned images. I would think photography might accomplish the textures better, though? If lit well?

It was excellent to see your work in person.
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