On Pollock's Classic Drip Paintings

Charles Kessler reflects on the "all-over" character of Jackson Pollock's classic drip paintings.

Kessler notes "these paintings in fact do NOT repeat the same basic riffs and patterns evenly throughout the surface of the painting. The surface isn’t uniform at all, instead there’s an energetic and dramatic composition — one that isn’t “all over.” Patterns formed — one side of the painting might have more vertical lines, other areas more curved ones. Sometimes the curved lines would consolidate and form volumes with some volumes falling back into space (but the space almost always stayed in front of the canvas) and others (usually the lighter ones) advancing."