This Is Not the Birth of Venus

March 25, 2014 | Marina Galperina

“We know nothing about these paintings. We even used Google image search to look up the names.” Amman, Jordan-based designers Mothanna Hussein and Hadi Alaeddin of Warsheh just did what felt natural to them. Their project “NOT ART” is not art. It’s not The Death of Marat, not The Conversion of St Paul and not The Girl With a Pearl Earring. It’s elements of those famous paintings, isolated and illustrated with geometric forms and using the Golden Ratio. It’s sterile, but it’s beautiful. It’s pornographic, really — all those so deliberately-designed, classical underlining elements — exposed.