I don't think they should be called ruts but styles. It's the same thing for other arts, especially music. If your favorite performer had been doing flemenco guitar for two decades and then all of the sudden plugged a Strat into a 8 foot tall amp and hit the whammy bar like he was swatting a fly, I would hazard a guess that many if not most would not be happy about it.
Originally Posted by markbarendt
When a person's subconscious sensibility can come to rely on getting another fix, it's both soothing and invigorating at the same time, so they like to count on it. I love trying new things in some areas but like certain things to stay somewhat the same in others, it's human nature.
What digital has done by function of marketing hype and the sheer nature of having a tool belt with not 8-12 expected tools but thousands of "options" is dilute a sense of attaining a style by not having limits to what one can actually do with said tools. This has resulted in very weak styles that never seem to settle on a look at a personal level. The curato of a show I am in said this exact same thing of her own work in that at some point, she knows she needs to stop dabbling and stick with what resonates with her. Although one can use self control to employ the use of digital to attain said styles as there is clearly evidence of that ( Mark Tucker ), most of what is out there is all over the map visually speaking because of having thousands of tools on that belt rather than a dozen and companies like Adobe, etc. love it.
If you are stuck in a style that is not working for you, it is a rut. But if it works for your deepest most subconscious response, it's not your rut but your niche.
But the bottom line is that people still do care and the ones who do not now never really did in the first place. Tha actual problem is web born perceptions and hype in the form of "Trending Now" that spread pure crap faster than a speeding loaf of you know what. Even the most intelligent of people would rather regurgitate the loaf of hype than think for them selves and find out what the truth is.
I only have really learned about the art world after moving to a town that places an enormous value on it and have taken my self more seriously as a creator of art, so I know who the masters of the pre-digital age are....I care.
You can not, however, force someone who does not care to suddenly do so, it will take life's simple twists and turns to do that.
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