Yellow Peril Gallery presents Toby Barnes at VOLTA NY 2017 during Armory Arts Week


TOBY BARNES, Neon Semen (2017) synthetic polymer on printed canvas, 36” x 24”

TOBY BARNES, Neon Semen (2017) synthetic polymer on printed canvas, 36” x 24”


VOLTA NY 2017 / MARCH 1-5


Guest of Honor Preview / 5PM – 7PM
VIP + Public Vernissage / ­8PM – 10PM 

MARCH 2-4 / 12PM – 8PM

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“When from the distant past nothing remains, after the beings have died, after the things are destroyed and scattered, still, alone, more fragile, yet more vital, more insubstantial, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and taste of things remain posed a long time, like souls, ready to remind us, waiting and hoping from their moment, amid the ruins of everything else…” ~   Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past, Vol. 1

Yellow Peril Gallery is pleased to announce “The Pull of Things” by Toby Barnes at VOLTA NY 2017 during Armory Arts Week from March 1-5. “The Pull of Things” is an exploration of the senses and memory in the carving out of the sacred in the everyday. The body of work Barnes has been developing the past few years has focused on the idea of a “sacred space” and the creation of such spaces as a way of re-enchanting our lives and bridging public and private.

“I began this exploration by examining the use of found objects to create personal altars in restaurants, roadsides, bus stops, and other public spaces from India to Ecuador (“Altared States”),” notes Barnes. “I then explored this mode of re-enchantment through the use of ritualistic practices drawing inspiration from community rituals that are indigenous to Laos and Northern Thailand (“32 Ghosts”). In my most recent series (“Body Electric”), I extended my investigation to examine the use of the body and home gyms in everyday sacred-making.”

At VOLTA NY 2017, Barnes takes these explorations further by exploring the relationship between objects and their “pull” in eliciting the senses and our memories to create sacred spaces within our minds. The scent of perfume, the sight of beloved childhood dessert, the whir of a fan, the sound of a song can trigger memories loving, painful, nostalgic. These triggers can all be commonly shared yet they each jot our individual senses in unique ways to create our own private sacred spaces in time and space.

“The Pull of Things” is a display of the artist’s sensual triggers. By making this display open and public, Barnes is extending an invitation to the audience at VOLTA NY 2017 to engage in their own sacred space-making out of the artist’s belief that this re-enchantment of our private can be a way to bridge the current chaos and conflict of our shared public spaces – physical and virtual.

This is Yellow Peril’s second year at VOLTA NY, the invitational fair of solo artist projects and the American incarnation of the original Basel VOLTA show, which was founded in 2005 by three art dealers as a fair “by galleries, for galleries”. Last year, the Providence-based contemporary art gallery presented work from Raquel Paiewonsky. For VOLTA NY’s 10th anniversary, Yellow Peril will present work from Toby Barnes in Booth D14 at Pier 90 during Armory Arts Week in New York from March 1-5, 2017. 

Born in Miami, Thai-American artist Toby Barnes is based in Amherst, Massachusetts. He received his MFA from the University of Michigan School of Arts and Design in 1999, and a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Arts in 1997. Barnes has had solo exhibitions at Yellow Peril Gallery, Providence, RI; A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton, MA; Time and Space Gallery, Bangalore, India; and Locust Projects, Miami, Florida. His work has been included in national and international group exhibitions in New York City; San Francisco; Long Island City, NY; Chiang Mai, Thailand; and Bangalore, India. Barnes is represented by Yellow Peril Gallery in Providence. For more info about Toby Barnes, visit

VOLTA NY is the invitational fair of solo artist projects and is the American incarnation of the original Basel VOLTA show, which was founded in 2005 by three art dealers as a fair “by galleries, for galleries”. Since its debut in New York in 2008, Artistic Director Amanda Coulson re-conceived the format as a rigorously curated, boutique event — along the lines of a sequence of intense studio visits versus a traditional trade show environment. Since then VOLTA NY showcases relevant contemporary art positions from emerging international artists, from cutting-edge trendsetters to next year’s rising stars. Coupled with its approachable solo-booth format, the VOLTA team has created a fair that is both accessible to younger art-lovers and beloved by seasoned collectors alike. By spotlighting artists through primarily solo projects, VOLTA NY refocuses the art fair experience back to its most fundamental point: the artists and their works. A beacon for creative discovery during Armory Arts Week, VOLTA NY is likewise aligned with some of the best and boldest local cuisine and design collaborators in the city. In 2017, VOLTA NY will celebrate its decade edition as a solo-focused international contemporary art fair. For more info, visit

About Yellow Peril Gallery
Founded in 2011, YELLOW PERIL GALLERY is a contemporary art gallery located at The Plant, a historic mill complex in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The Gallery fosters art critiques from emerging, mid-career and established artists who have been featured in biennials and museum exhibitions, participated in top tier art fairs and acquired by private collectors worldwide. In 2016, Yellow Peril opened Peligro Amarillo / Santurce, its first outpost in the arts district of San Juan, Puerto Rico. For more info about future exhibitions at both spaces, visit

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