Archive for May 1st, 2014

YONGKorean artist Yong Ho Ji fascinates me with his medium and his choice or subjects. First, Yong Ho Ji creates sculptures from the rubber of old tires. Tires as in the rubber things we have on our cars.

Second, his subjects are cool as well. He calls his creations “Mutants” and they run the gamut from animals to humans. I like his Lion from his carnivorous animal collection of mutants.

About artist Yong Ho Ji: “Yong Ho Ji was originally inspired to adopt tires as his signature material by a childhood memory of the spare tire on his family’s Jeep Wrangler, a rugged machine in visual contrast to his home’s rural landscape. Having grown up at the base of a large mountain in Korea, where his grandmother raised cattle and other livestock, the artist views his material choices and his deep sense of ecological responsibility as interconnected, noting that early comparisons drawn between domesticated and wild animals informed his desire to make art about the preservation of pristine nature. In a sense, his mutants can be viewed as an effort to reassemble the farm he grew up on, transforming it into a bestiary of remembered brethren. Ji’s early mutants are recognizable wild animals and insects such as arachnids, wolves, and jaguars, meant to reiterate nature’s majesty thorough a contemporary lens.”

Learn more about about artist Yong Ho Ji and see his creations here.