'Consciousness is presumed....to have arisen during biological evolution as an adaptation of living systems..... On the other hand....scientists and philosophers consider consciousness to be....‘woven into the fabric of the universe’....in this view, conscious precursors and Platonic forms preceded biology, existing all along in the fine scale structure of reality."
- Dr. Stewart Hameroff
Lev’s unique multi-layered artworks dilate the viewers' experience of space-time geometry, and create an intimate tension between the works' new state of consciousness and the observer.
Lev, originally, started experimenting with multiple exposures, instinctively wanting to deconstruct the images he shot by stripping away accepted points of reference. Each seemingly separate moment frozen on film became an intersection of time and space where conscious and subconscious worlds simultaneously converged. As he fine-tuned his creative process, Lev discovered that by manipulating these universally accepted points of reference with color, form and context, he could alter the viewer's perception of reality and pose the question - "If time and space are no longer uniform and absolute, what is real - the form or the sentiment?"
The works are constructed from numerous photographs that Lev shoots in different parts of the world and then digitally assembles into a single piece, with hundreds of overlapping layers. To build his pieces, Lev employs an in-depth PhotoShop process that includes photo-montage, photo-collage, photo-blending, mosaic and other related methods that he fine-tuned through trial and error. "The way words are created by rearranging individual letters, and then words turn into sentences, and sentences become paragraphs, and paragraphs are shaped into books, I use photographs, like letters of an alphabet, to “compose” my works."
In order to preserve the continuity of each project's narrative, Lev works on all of the individual pieces at the same time. His process is very much like a director working on film, who maintains the integrity of the preceding and upcoming scenes in relationship to the one he is working on in the moment.
Lev is a filmmaker, writer, portrait photographer and actor, living in NYC. He played "Eton" on HBO's THE WIRE, and currently stars as "Arkady Ivanovich" on FX's Emmy nominated series "THE AMERICANS". He wrote/directed two award-winning short films and had the rare opportunity to work with Robert DeNiro and Woody Allen.