Having moved things around for another show this evening, I put the canvas behind the deckchairs and found that I much preferred the way it looked, not so much on an aesthetic level but as regards the way it conveyed its meaning. On the floor, the words were – due to the fact the paint was drying – not so much difficult to read as of a very different quality to those written earlier. These earlier words had almost been inscribed into the paint, whereas those added more recently have been written onto the paint’s surface. This graphite of the pencil onto of the graphite of the canvas is itself interesting, but is served better by a vertical placement (see below).
It is difficult to tell from the photograph alone, but the material quality of the canvas surface is also more visible in this position. There is as well the practical aspect of the move in that it frees up more floor space so as to allow people to stand back and take in the works as a whole.