Korean artist Yong Ho Ji has turns used tires into spectacular animal sculptures. In the animal-like forms Yong Ho Ji created with the tires, the forms are generally realistic and refined, despite the rough texture of the tire used as the artistic material
Yong Ho Ji sticks strictly to one material and one subject - used tires and animals - and even categorises the works i zoological terms such as "Carnivorous", "Herbivorous", "Arthropods". Whether it's OCD, nerdyness or artistic immersion the resulting sculptures are fascinating.
"Yong Ho Ji‘s work begins with 'mutants'. Among mutants, or mutations, Yong Ho Ji is especially interested in artificial mutation. The definition of a mutant refers to an individual, organization, or cell that hold abnormal genes caused by mutation. In other words, there is a structural change of the DNA or the chromosomes, which make up the DNA. A mutation may occur as a natural process, but may also be caused by external factors such as chemical or radioactive reactions. What is interesting is the fact that the mutation does not benefit the creature. Therefore, the mutant usually suffers to adapt, survive, and to reproduce in the existing environment. While the images of Yong Ho Ji’s mutants are gruesome and overwhelming, they are actually vulnerable and insecure creatures. This is expressed by the acrylic balls used in the eyes, one can sense a sadness and mournfulness in their eyes as if they are telling us their tragic fate."Ryu Han-Seung, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
More black rubber beasts on Yong's website.