London: s.p. (Collins), n.d. (1970)
Four separate original xerox sheets – each 27 x 20.5cm, 1pp. The sheet has a reproduced photograph of a ten shilling postal order and a text:
“This is to certify that the person shown on the left is a complete stranger to me and that he approached me -” and with the fields “Place/Time/Date completed by the subject of the work. The text continues “and I agree to participate in an art work by signing this form in exchange for which I understand James Collins will give me a genuine postal order to the value of 10/-form. Signed:”
Each of the four sheets have been filled in by different people and signed.
Each sheet has an original and vintage “poly-photo” (nowadays more commonly called a Passport Photographic Strip) of the subject attached by a vintage paper clip.
Essentially this is a collection of four vintage conceptual art works by Collins who in the 70s was interested in the dynamics of strangers meeting new people (including the artist). Such works are mentioned in Lucy Lippard’s Dematerialisation of the Art Object and this is a rare find purchased directly from a friend of Collins who was given the works as a gift in the artist’s last days.
All are in VG condition but are tipped onto the card using tape at the top in one place.
Collins denotes these 4 works as “Exchange Pieces” and are number 6 of the “Strangers” series.
PRICE IS FOR ALL FOUR WORKS AS A GROUP.