I dug this gem out of the archives today....not sure why, probably just curious to see it again. It was the first piece of what would develop into my most thorough, inquisitive and defining body of work (Nonrepresentational Photographs), spanning from Summer 1992, to present. I totally abandoned the use of cameras to create works that were neither windows, nor mirrors. Just complete, physical fact.
The Black Piece was catalyzed by a number of factors, including increasing frustration with photography's notions of truth and beauty. I was also deep into my studies (at SCAD) of 20th Century Photography and completely immersed in Crisis of the Real by Andy Grundberg. I was also fortunate enough to have several, very supportive instructors at the time, Professor Tom Fischer and Professor Pete Christman....
How does the Black Piece appear to me today? I'm not sure, so maybe that's why I find it so interesting.
Above: JRF, Black Piece, toned silver gelatin prints, tape, push pins, 88" x 72", 1992.