Thursday, July 28, 2011

Artist: Yong Ho Ji

Korean artist Yong Ho Ji transforms discarded tires and transforms them into awe-inspiring multi-layered sculptures that captures the ferocity of natural wildlife or offers commentary on the dangers of genetic manipulation.
Ho’s concept of mutants grew out of his life in Seoul, where there is fierce political debate over genetic engineering. In school, Yong Ho read Darwin and was galvanized by how his theory of evolution applied to man’s manipulation with nature. Already, he says, cats and dogs are bred to emphasize their domesticated traits and downplay their wild sides. The sculptures can be taken as warnings; if we’re not careful, we may soon lose the ability to see animals in their natural state altogether.
Read an interview with Yong Ho Ji at The Magazine.

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