Digital Death, Grime and Feminism?
Hidden in the downtown shadows of Riverside suburban trees, lives an artist who goes by the name Deladeso. Some may also call him, Desolate Putoface, revealing the more comical syntax evoked in his art. However, if you are offended, maybe you’re not familiar with the somewhat in your face DIY nature of the Inland Empire art scene. Often expressing satire, by “digital griming” original images, or rebranding a “grimed” nature of found objects, Deladeso’s work holds strength in originality and quality. Who is Deladeso really? Richie Velasquez, founder of the Digital Death and Grime movement.
What exactly is Digital Death and Grime? Take a look at his work! The Digital process is creating a dripping, somewhat appalling, loose distortion to the original outlined photos. The Death effect is a colorful zombifiying pop added to key signs of life within the image. Grime is where Richie comes in, adding any auteurist signatures to each work.
Deladeso has demonstrated the Digital Death and Grime movement in many ways, such as a tropical found object campaign for QUITAPENAS, the digital griming of iconic celebrities such as Biggie and Tupac, and of course my favorite, the female body. Each type of work stands on it’s own, speaks it’s own voice, but there are just some pieces that caught my eye of higher appreciation. I give you; Deladeso and the Reclamation of Feminism.
As a woman, I am constantly bombarded with images of other woman, being used to “sell” something because they’re “beautiful”. What they really are, are symbols of someone else’s concept of beauty, and place holders of hyper-sexualization. Meaning, someone else had to judge her to put her on that billboard to sell that car, and someone else had to write that song about fucking her, to feed the their salary and the desensitized ears of our society. America is weird like that, we have to taboo sex, yet over sell it. Well fuck that!
Deladeso uses feminine images, not in a pornographic manner, but rather the opposite. When I looked at a Digital Death and Grimed Woman for the first time, I was not turned on, but more disgusted. Her beautiful sexy body was melted and dead, and as a female viewer, I didn’t feel forced to compare my body to her. However, I felt that in her new skin, even nude she reclaimed herself. She was no longer objectified, but subjectified. This mobilization of existence gives the girl back her body, allowing her to demonstrate shape, color and effect. Perverts will be forced to digest the Digital Death and Grime process before devaluing her body.
I compare the nostalgia in gratification when looking at these woman, to the sensation in painted pin-ups of the 1950’s. As a Gil Elvgren enthusiast, I fall in great agreement with this new concept of female artistic body. Deladeso’s woman keep their identity so that what they are doing becomes the focus and allows for us to see them in humorous light. Other times, their bodies stand on their own, and act as a slap in the face to the gazer. It is the satire of a pin-up.
I recently had the honor to work with Richie and exclaimed how I felt about his women! He told me that most of them started out as commission work, but seemed pleased that they spoke to me and humbly hooked it up with my above Femme Grime! He most recently designed a poster for my next event ¡Saturado! May 24th (http://musicasaturado.tumblr.com), a night of elctro-cumbia and latino alternativo with QUITAPENAS (http://quitapenasmusic.com), CUMBIA MACHIN (http://www.cumbiamachin.com), DJ PANAMAMI (http://www.djpanamami.com) and more! Peel your eyes to the Grimey World @ http://deladeso.com Or better yet something that needs to be grimed? Deladeso is quite a humble artist to reach out: email@example.com