Tonight, Like The Spice is opening Reuben Negrón’s first gallery solo show in NYC. “Dirty Dirty Love” contains nineteen meticulous watercolors dealing with various incarnations of you-know-what.
Reuben Negrón, Dirty Dirty Love: Becky and Neomi, 2006-07.
Negrón is admitted to the sanctums of couples and captures their intimate moments with photographs. The watercolors are then painted from the snapshots reconnoitered at the scene. This imagery includes ample entertainment for the voyeur but extends to touching accounts of real people and genuine affection.
Reuben Negrón, Dirty Dirty Love: Scenes from a Movie II, 2004.
The technique of watercolor requires a patience beyond other forms of painting. Missteps are not easily amended because the pigment is absorbed readily into the paper. The process demands a gradual buildup of tone and color to achieve the desired photorealistic effect. When they are completed with composure, like the works in this show, consummation is unmitigated satisfaction.
As part of their ongoing Monthly Dinner Series, Like the Spice is holding a special F**k Dinner in honor of the current show. The artist will be in attendance when dinner is served on Friday, May 29th in the gallery. Be sure to reserve your spot before Wednesday.
Reuben Negrón, Dirty Dirty Love: Coupling II, 2008.
Dirty Dirty Love
22 May – 21 June 2009
Like the Spice