"Scientists and philosophers consider consciousness to be....‘woven into the fabric of the universe’..... it preceded biology, existing all along in the fine scale structure of reality."
- Dr. Stewart Hameroff
These artworks are constructed from thousands of photographs that Lev takes in different parts of the world and then digitally assembles into a single piece. To build his pieces he employs an in-depth PhotoShop process and other related methods 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 is very much like a director working in film who maintains the integrity of the preceding and upcoming scenes in relationship to the one he is working on in the moment.
When Lev started experimenting with multiple exposures he instinctively wanted to deconstruct what he saw by stripping away accepted points of reference. Each seemingly separate moment frozen on film became an intersection of time and space where the conscious and subconscious worlds simultaneously converged. As he fine-tuned his creative process, Lev discovered that by manipulating these universal points of reference with color, form and context, he could alter the viewer's perception of reality. These unique multi-layered artworks dilate the viewers' experience of space-time geometry and create tension between the artworks' new state of consciousness and the observer.
"The way words are created by rearranging individual letters, and then words turn into sentences and paragraphs, and eventually become 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.