Stone lithograph printed in black, a fine, fresh impression of the only known state, the full sheet, printed on cream wove Arches paper, with large margins, signed, dated, numbered and titled in pencil by the artist, pulled in an edition of 50 (thisis example #8 - there were only a handful of proofs), printed by the artist at Hollander Graphic Arts Workshop, New York (now defunct) published by Hollander, in relatively condition aside from a 4 inch crease in the upper right corner, unframed.
Executed in 1965, Barrier L#4 is one of the earliest prints created by Jack Tworkov.
The present print is one of four lithographs made at the Hollander Workshop in New York in 1965. Its imagery derives from a similarly titled, contemporaneous series of paintings and drawings. The prints are closely similar to Tworkov's charcoal drawings, in which the artist used simple means to provoke the contemplation of space, motion and time. A sense of unbalanced motion and depth is created through the series of vertical marks.
Of all the Barrier series prints, Barrier L#4 seems to anticipate Tworkov's development in Minimalist imagery and theory. He also likened line to a voice or sound. In the works following the Barrier series, Tworkov established more rigid, more apparent geometric frameworks and then spontaneously overlayered parallel systems of lines or abstractions.