The hidden structure to Jackson Pollock’s paintings

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 25, 2009

Did Jackson Pollock hide his name in one of his most well-known paintings?

Pollock’s possibly writing his name in Mural testifies to an overlooked feature of his works: they have a structure, contrary to the popular notion that they could be done by any 5-year-old with a knack for splatters. In my view, Pollock organized the painting around his name according to a compositional system-vertical markings that serve as the loci of rhythmic spirals-borrowed directly from his mentor, Benton.

Try and find it for yourself.