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 Collins 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 having four poly-Photo photographs taken at his expense which would become his property ad be attached to this 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. This version of Progress Piece No 4 of “Strangers” differs from the other example we are offering in that on the left Collins has reproduced his own “poly-photograph” with his eyes closed as per his own instructions.
The photo booth photographs vary in each with two showing girls and two, men.
Collins has tipped all four sheets together onto a single 58 x 41cm sheet of card for a home-made exhibition.
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 three places which have bled some o the glue through the paper to leave a mark.
PRICE IS FOR ALL FOUR WORKS AS A GROUP – BUT WE MAY BE WILLING TO SPLIT UP THE GROUP – PLEASE ENQUIRE.