Jeffery Sun Young Park: Dokkaebi Revelry

May 25 - June 22nd, 2024

Stroll Garden is pleased to present Dokkaebi Revelry, the gallery’s second exhibition with Jeffery Sun Young Park. Presenting a new series of ceramic works, this exhibition brings viewers into the vibrant world of Park’s signature raku-fired “dokkaebi” figures – mischievous nature spirits from Corean* folklore, renowned for their unique powers and reflective of human spirits and intentions.


In Dokkaebi Revelry, Park invites viewers to delve into a realm of celebration and unity inspired by his childhood memories of the Corean news broadcasts. He vividly recalls witnessing the poignant reunions of families separated by the Corean War, where jubilant festivity echoed the joyous moment of coming back together. Drawing from this emotional wellspring, Park endeavors to recreate a sacred sanctuary for his dokkaebis – embodiments of his multifaceted identity – where they can shed societal masks and embrace their true selves in a space of validation and acceptance.


Echoing his personal journey of self-discovery, the exhibition will explore three primary visual themes: dokkaebis, masks, and bells. The dokkaebis take center stage in this showcase, depicted in dynamic action, larger in scale, and intricately detailed to convey heightened expressions and emotions. Evoking the rich tradition of Corean theatre, Park’s ceramic masks reference the traditional aesthetics of Tal masks, symbolizing both the masks we wear to conform to societal norms and the empowering choice to embrace authenticity. Additionally, the inclusion of ceramic bells and architectural elements inspired by temple bells and pre-Corean War homes underscores the spirit of celebration and festivity, inviting the dokkaebis and viewers alike to partake in joyous reunification.


Jeffery Sun Young Park, a first-generation queer Corean based in Los Angeles, brings a unique perspective to his art practice, informed by his background as a licensed marriage and family therapist championing inclusivity and self-care within BIPOC, queer, and gender-nonconforming communities. Through his hand-built stoneware ceramics, meticulously crafted and fired using various techniques, Park invites viewers to explore themes of identity, community, and resilience.


*The spelling of Corea with a C is the original spelling before colonization, which represents the artist’s hope for a unified Corea.