Alex Lavrov – Featured Artist
peering into the hourglass i've found you once again spinning inside me like a diamond in a storm moments before it gets thrusted into the mud drawing up names and unknown faces that seem to think they know who you are like an artificial intelligence system you've created and programmed to recreate its character each time it activates like sleep to a new day with code that looks virtually the same at a glance but like the universe is the difference that makes everything individual and unique making you never the same as you once were i wake and there you are bouncing up and down forgiving me and threatening me for all the wild hallucinatory figments that pull you by emotion like an endless wheel in what feels like a never-ending time water trickling into a ceremonial fountain through a starry-eyed night speaking through metaphorical hieroglyphs rather than whispering solemnities of truth fears like dreams of murder or suicide anything that might hold meaning alongside the random and absurd things you struggle to connect more things that will never make sense or do much for your awakened life the one you wish were a dream the one the dream wishes were you and as the system recreates itself once again to be its greatest invention the day which once felt sour and impossible has now been understood and brought out from the darkness new life that fully understands itself in both its deteriorative processes and in its progression you've been given a second chance at life and in death not realizing you even had a first don't mess it up by LORIN DREXLER
My name is Alex Lavrov, and I’m a visual artist. I work mainly with oils on canvas, and I use improvisation as my main method for creating art. This means I don’t pre-plan what artwork will look like in advance; rather, the subjects of my paintings unfold by themselves during the creative process.
In 1997, when I was 16, I had to leave Ukraine, where I was born and grew up and went to Israel as a student. In the end, it turned out to be a permanent move. The detachment from family and friends and the unfamiliar environment’s culture shock proved quite challenging.
Before immigration, I was only somewhat involved in the arts. In those days, art became an integral part of my life. It helped me to deal mentally with life’s challenges and process emotional struggles. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that my art career was born out of pain.
Since those difficult times, my involvement in art developed into something else, more of a tool for self-knowledge, a tool for understanding the workings of the mind.
In 2007 I permanently moved to Canada and currently live and work in Vancouver, BC.
It’s probably worth mentioning that when I was 15, I began to discover and explore various philosophies and religions of the world. As I grew older, my interests shifted more toward psychology, and recently I became captivated by the available literature on neuroscience.
As an artist, I intend to share my insights into the subjects of psychology and philosophy depicted through the symbolic imagery in my artworks.
What is Gen Society?
Gen Society is an art space blog for visual art and creative writing collaborations, and other randomizations. Hosted by writer and musician Lorin Drexler, this online venue is an expressive experience for those interested in the world of the arts. It is a poetic journey through the hearts and minds of contemporary artists in practice and a reflection of those that have long passed.
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