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Gary Mansfield began his artistic career from inside the walls of a prison: while serving a 14 year sentence for drug importation in his early twenties, Mansfield discovered the YBAs, who would become life-long friends, mentors, and collaborators. Today, Mansfield's work confronts themes of incarceration, focusing on the material enclosures of prison life for a powerful and politically charged aesthetic. Part of Mansfield's TIME series, 'Barb #1' depicts the close-up view of a twisted metal barb. On first sight, the textured spike appears to have been made from pencil rubbings; look closer, though, and you'll notice that the entire image is formed from an intricate network of tally lines--the universal symbol of prisoner's time, scratched onto cell walls across history. Poignant and provocative, 'Barb #1' is an honest document of Mansfield's trials and a powerful message rendered in breathtaking visual form.