Yong Ho Ji: Recycled Tire Sculpture

Born in 1978, Korean sculptor Yong Ho Ji has a BFA in sculpture from Hongik University in Seoul, and and MFA in fine art form New York University.

“Meticulously layering cut strips of tire as the flesh for his “mutants,” Yong Ho Ji models his creatures after endangered animals, mythological beings, and humanoids akin to his favorite superheroes. Underlying his unique brand of science fiction monster making is a startlingly specific, poetically lucid, ethical critique of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), based on his skepticism towards those “who seek to challenge nature by creating an entirely new form of life through modifying genes of animals, plants, and human beings.” Scientifically speaking, Ji’s mutants are emblematic of Darwin’s evolutionary theory, which states that mutations may evolve species better adapted to their environments. Some of his mutants inherit handsome traits (long necks or muscular hind quarters), while others inherit the abhorrent traits (multiple heads) typical of Lovecraftian sci-fi imagery.” (Trinie Dalton)

To see more, visit YongHoJi.com.

paintings: art paintings, portrait paintings and oil painting

Stella Im Hultberg: Painting

Stella Im Hultberg is a painter living and working in Brooklyn, NYC. Born in South Korea, raised in Seoul, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and later in California, she studied Industrial Design and worked as a product designer before serendipitously falling into the art world in late 2005.

Stella is currently exhibiting in the Corey Helford Gallery 5th Anniversary Group Show in Culver City, CA as well as the “Bad Luck Club” Group show at the Alternative Cafe in Seaside, CA.

Check out more of her work at StellaImHultberg.com or her Blogspot.

paintings: art paintings, portrait paintings and oil painting