I caught up with Davion recently to get up to speed about his latest project, Etrice Gallery. I put together a killer fashion event showcasing some of his design work called SYNERGY in 2018 at LARK HALL in Albany with co-producers Maria Brink and Samson Contompasis that was the bomb. Now he’s back…
Who are you and what is your vision for Etrice Gallery?
My name is Davion Brink. I see myself as an artist and one who empowers other creative people. My vision with the gallery is to push the artistic and creative envelope in the Capital Region. The gallery has two parts. I want to give the youth and people of all backgrounds and abilities a platform for expression & community. On the other side, I want to give people in the Capital Region access to street culture. The kind that is so prominent in New York City just 3 hours away but lives deep underground in the Capital Region. But…not no more.
Why now, times are crazy if you have not noticed! What are you hoping to accomplish with the gallery?
Some would ask why now? I say why not now? The world has been on lockdown, humans across the planet are itching for a sense of community and individuality at the same time. The gallery is the place to go hang out see what is happening on the streets and what the art community is doing. All the while we will be providing an opportunity for participation in the scene by making pieces available that will set you apart from the masses.
Whats your core motivation?
Our goal at Etrice Gallery is to push the agenda of individuality and creative ability through fashion, art and music. While we are a gallery for all ages, we want the youth also to have a place to be special. A place to feel appreciation. We plan on doing this by hosting and exhibiting local artists, designers and talent, showcasing their work and giving them a professional outlet to exercise their passions. Giving them an option beyond the streets.
Tell me a little bit about the collectibles your rocking here, this is some pretty serious sh*t!
You can find art collectibles from the likes of living artists such as Kaws, Takeshi Murakami and Daniel Arsham. One of a kind hand picked vintage from around the states, fashion that embodies where pop culture is now. As well as some of the rarest street pieces and collectibles from Supreme, Bape and Stussy.
Give me your top reason why someone should drop in on your gallery space?
We are the creative cool weirdos who spend our time skating or cleaning our shoes with a tooth brush. Our classic pop culture vintage gives us the ability to really touch everyone’s heart. If you need a outfit for the weekend or you need some new art decoration for your crib…we are your stop.
Historic Kenmore Building
76 North Pearl Street | Albany, NY 12207
The opening show highlights the whimsical work of artist ALYSSA OBJIO, a first generation Dominican-American that includes a vibrant fabric based installation in addition to art works and jewelry that will be available for purchase. Vintage concert tees, original fashion and contemporary collectibles will also be available for purchase as part of the galleries ongoing retail program.