One theme that I regularly discuss on Sketch is the theory of transformation and our society's journey to conciliate the past with the present. I am right there with you when I say that I, too, participate in the almost ritualistic practice of trying to stay ahead of the game by exhausting my senses with novel concepts. Fads that were popular once upon a time are thoughtlessly discarded in a heap along this highway of ideas. Keep in mind that it's not just the intangible that undergo this trauma but also the corporeal, and this is where my post today begins.
What happens to those items that are left behind, and are they abandoned because they no longer hold any value? Korean artist Yong Ho Ji thinks differently, and his pursuit is to give them new life by way of creating labyrinthine beings out of old, salvaged tires. Because each sculpture's power resides in the interlacing components of its flesh, it is crucial that Yong Ho holds a solid anatomical awareness to ensure that it looks as convincing and natural as possible. To make this happen using a tire of all things is, suffice to say, quite the ambitious task.
Many different types of tires go into every one, such as the thinner, more pliable bicycle tire for the delicate muscles in the face, and a thicker, more callous tractor tire for the body. Every piece is painstakingly built so that the end result resembles a primodial creature whose shape is as macabre as it is captivating, and I sense that they are designed to represent each animal's true self in nature. After viewing these, can you honestly say that there is no reason why we shouldn't reuse, reduce, and recycle?