Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Explaining the cover: Ben Folds Five's the Sound of the Life of the Mind

What's up on the cover of Ben Folds Five’s new album, “The Sound of the Life of the Mind?”

The painting by Eric Joyner shows a robot in the depths of an ocean. In a parody of Rodin’s the Thinker, the robot sits on a rock and contemplates life as a school of fish swims by him, unnoticed.

Clearly, this painting is about the corporatization of American schools. The robot is the corporation (let's call him "BP") and the educational system is the ocean. The unnoticed school of fish is the unnoticed school of children, who swim around aimlessly as the corporation tries to figure its way out of an environment in which it has no business being.

"When will “the thinker” spring a leak?" To find out, keep staring at the painting.

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