I chose this piece really because it displays a new outlook on the world of art as we know it. It's conceptual (something I'm trying very hard to come to understand), and it's message is clearly displayed. (YES! Something you don't have to stare at for six hours to comprehend!)
Art equals work in most societies. Actually, in all societies. Art is something that the creators continually enjoy creating and viewing. It's not something we view as work. That's why this piece (a CD cover for a band called "The Used") is so striking. We as creators of art don't view art as something that we need to work at, or even consider art. For the most part, it comes easy to us, and we're all talented individuals... people that don't really need skill or work to get our creations to that perfection we all crave.
Then it takes a twist, and you notice that the syringe containing ART is being injected into the arm that contains WORK. Is ART neutralizing WORK? Is it accompanying it? Are we going to see a WWF smackdown between ART and WORK? The image almost makes you want to turn it into a movie, just to see what's going to happen next. It's a cliffhanger.
This cd cover has long been one of my favorites, as it happens to belong to a band that I particularly like. It strikes me as an intriguing image, that while the longer you look at it, the more details and thoughts invade your mind.