Los Angeles painter John Park sees strength in limitations in an age where technological advancements serve as tools providing endless artistic possibilities. What an artist can do with just pencils and an eraser is still seen as a valid and comprehensive measure of an individual’s foundational skills in the digital age.
“The work that comes from people who use these [computer] programs properly is amazing, but just like anything else, I believe there is a balance,” says Park. “With seemingly unlimited options, one can instantly fix any aspect of a project, which introduces a concept called the ‘paradox of choice.’”
The paradox of choice? The theory, first brought into mainstream consciousness by psychologist Dr. Barry Schwartz in 2004 through his book, posits that when an individual is presented with too many options, a confident decision becomes more difficult to make and therefore negatively affects the happiness and increases the anxiety of the decision maker.