Yong Ho Ji

Sharks predate dinosaurs by about 400 million years, their bodies are composed entirely of cartilage; streamlined moving muscle.  One writer described a great white shark as a locomotive filled with razor blades, I kinda like that.  Yong Ho Ji creates animal sculptures out of recycled tires and scraps of metal.  Ho Ji describes how rubber is the by product of creatures who lived millions of years, their bodies compressed over the millenia into crude oil and the oil then refined into rubber.  Kinda a twisted cycle of death and rebirth ala Pet Semetary.

Rubber bears a striking likeness to muscle, it’s flexible and filled with kinetic enegry.  Ho Ji returns rubber to it’s original beastial form; his life size sculptures are astounding in their complexity.  An evil doppelgangers returned from beneath the Earth, each sculpture is a loaded reminder of the history of our planet and the future cost of fuel (thanks BP).  Tires and cars are massive symbols of consumerism, our leeching of the world for its natural resources and then the ignorant treatment and pollution caused by each.

Ho Ji derives inspiration for his work from Darwin’s theory of evolution.  Change and competition driving each other further onwards into mutation.  His work is just a further mutation, animals reshaped millions of years later into something darker.  A natural by product formed into mass produced, industrialized ware, finally discarded and then upcycled into a conceptualized being.  Each animal is a hallmark of the change the planet is racing through, at once beautiful and sad.

    • Hello
    • March 28th, 2011


    • Kasumi-san
    • March 28th, 2011

    This work is really aspiring. I think that it is really creative and outstanding. thank you for putting this up here for the world to see this beautiful pieces of work.

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