"Scientists and philosophers consider consciousness to be....‘woven into the fabric of the universe’..... existing all along in the fine scale structure of reality."
- Dr. Stewart Hameroff
Lev's artworks are constructed from thousands of photographs that Lev takes in different parts of the globe and then digitally assembles into single pieces. To build his pieces he employs an in-depth PhotoShop process that he fine-tuned through trial and error.
In order to preserve the continuity of each project's narrative, Lev works on all of the pieces at the same time. His process resembles a film director's in that he has to maintain the integrity of the preceding and upcoming scenes in relationship to the one he is working on in the moment.
At first, Lev started experimenting with multiple exposures on 35mm film. He realized that each seemingly separate moment frozen in his camera is an intersection where the conscious and subconscious worlds simultaneously converged. As he fine-tuned his creative process, Lev discovered that by using the digital format he could create an unlimited amount of controlled multiple exposures on a single frame.
Taking it a step further, he discovered that by using PhotoShop to strip away traditional points of reference of color, form and context he was able to alter the viewer's experience. Lev's multi-layered artworks dilate the viewers' perception of space-time geometry by creating a tension between the artworks' new state of consciousness and the observer.
"The way words are created by rearranging individual letters, and then become sentences and paragraphs, and eventually turn into books, similarly, I use photographs, like letters of an alphabet, to compose my works."
Lev is a filmmaker, writer, photographer and actor living in NYC.