Pop-Up Exhibits 


Located at 26 Fulton Street & 117 Beekman Street


Now On View

Eric Thornton Eric Thornton


Feb 12th - March 1st, 2020
Mon-Fri: 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-7pm

We recognize in a good photograph a transformative quality: that it exceeds mere description and articulates a deeper vision. We marvel at the camera’s ability to “faithfully” record an instant visual document. But, photography is actually the original, and quintessential surrealist medium. Uniquely compressing time and space, photography’s real identity is in the relationship between cosmic happenstance and artistic command.

Having received my education in analog photographic methods, social theory, and ethnography, I favor a hands-on approach to art-making, which connects me most closely to subject, process, and product. I work intuitively, from a place of curiosity and fascination, and prefer the experience, tangibility, and the Soul of a handmade artifact.

My first photobook premiered at Zonamaco in February 2019. A Perspective on the Prototypes is a concise photo-essay, which explores eight prototypes of the controversial US/Mexico border wall, constructed on the Tijuana/San Diego border. The book is a discussion of cultural exchange, artifice, and American colonialism and hegemony—motifs present in much of my work.

My open-ended urban landscape series “Bed-Stuy Love Song” is entirely photographed within a few minutes’ walking distance from my home. This project pays homage to my Brooklyn neighborhood, telling of my own experience of the time and space I occupy as a White person in an historically important African-American community. Issues of race relations, gentrification, and colonial histories are central to this work. But- like the blues, like a good love song, these images sing of life’s joys and tragedies with equal beauty.


Opening: Wednesday, December 11th
Dec 11th - Feb 23rd, 2020
Monday - Friday: 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-7pm    

Wallplay is pleased to host IZI, the new retail concept and brainchild of Max Gold and Angel Zheng. After a successful pop-up experience on Canal Street, IZI has come to the Seaport District to broaden their scope and reconsider what it means to be a clothing brand in the impending decade. IZI is more than a typical clothing store, hosting a collection of vendors, artists, and events every month.