• It's no news to you that I haven't been updating my news.

    I have decided to put exhibiting on the back burner for the moment. I will continue to make things - most recently I made a human, which is most of the reason why exhibiting has been deprioritized.

  • I’ll be presenting some of my scanimations at BYOB Toronto II!

    June 8, 7-10pm (free/pwyc before 9pm)

    Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
    952 Queen Street West, Toronto, Canada

    BYOB Toronto II will coincide with VideoDrome (10pm-1am)

    Participating Artists:
    Jeremy Bailey & Natasha Bailey
    Philipe Blanchard
    Josh Cleminson
    Skot Deeming
    Tara Downs
    Leanne Eisen
    Mike Goldby
    David Hanes
    Jason Harvey
    Kaitlin Till-Landry
    Lili Huston- Herterich
    Aamna Muzaffar
    Evan Paschke
    Mark Pellegrino
    Peter Rahul
    Alex Snukal
    Brad Tinmouth
    Additional participanting artists TBA

    For inquiries regarding BYOB Toronto II please contact muzaffar.aamna@gmail.com

  • Scan at Gallery 44!

    Leanne Eisen: Scan
    Gallery 44's Members' Gallery
    January 31 - February 11
    401 Richmond Street West, #120


  • My show got mentioned in The Globe and Mail!

    “Eisen follows the radiation trail (metaphorically speaking) left behind by digital imaging, creating photo-based works that resemble the Northern Lights, brainwaves, and the glassy interiors of icebergs.”

    - R.M. Vaughan, Globe and Mail

  • GLI.TC/H: annual international noise && [dirty] new-media

    I have work in GLI.TC/H in Chicago November 3-6 and in Amsterdam November 11-13!


  • After All at Steamwhistle Gallery

    I have some work in a group show called After All at Steamwhistle Gallery, opening October 5th at 7 pm. This group show includes work from some of my favourite people. Come out to the opening, it's going to be a blast!

  • Scan exhibition at Pikto Gallery!

    I'll be exhibiting my series Scan, plus an exciting new project called while (true) from November 1-15th at Pikto Gallery!

    I have just launched a Rockethub project to fund this exhibition. Check out all the loot you get for supporting my project! Tell your friends!

  • MIGZ Festival of Modern Music and Media Art

    I'm be exhibiting Scan at MIGZ Festival in Moscow!

    SPACE - an experimental media art exhibition
    Opening reception: September 16th from 18:00 - 2:00 at Red October

    About the exhibition (from google translate):

    "Generated graphics, Motion design, interactive space and electromagnetic waves - the whole fabric of modernity in the artwork of artists from Russia, Canada, Italy: parametric installation by Italian architect Co-de-it; a series from Canadian artist and Scan photographer Leanne Eisen; scale embossed picture of artist Dmitry ascus; installation of supplex from the creative union Paralab; project by Alexander Lysova, interactive installation Voronoid from the studio in [visible]; prints from the artist and illustrator Tatiana Plakhov; joint spatial light-sound installation of the studio and Stain Project:: vtol::, light installation in the open air from Yanaya bureau. "

  • Street Level at Nudashank

    July 9 - July 30
    Opening Reception: Saturday July 9, 8 - 11pm

    Jamie Felton
    Andrew Laumann
    Elaine Cameron-Weir
    Leanne Eisen
    Jacob Cohen

    Street Level is a group exhibition that explores the raw materiality and aesthetics of the street in the form of minimalist paintings, photography, and sculpture.

    The opening follows the announcement of the winner of the Sondheim Prize at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

  • I'm in the Contact Festival this year!

    Check out Mcluhan's Shadow at IX Gallery.

  • But does it float?

    Check out my work on butdoesitfloat.com!

  • New editions at Circuit Gallery!

    Circuit Gallery has just released a set of affordable editions from Residue!

  • Flash Forward Festival

    I'm in the Flash Forward 2010 Group Exhibition!

    Emerging Photographers from Canada, the UK and the USA
    Wednesday, October 6
    Curated by: MaryAnn Camilleri, Myrabelle Charlebois & Aaron Schuman
    Curatorial Statement

    There could be no Flash Forward Festival without this six-year-old annual competition showcasing the best emerging photographers from Canada, the USA and the UK. Each year, after a call for entry to emerging photographers, curators from each of the participating countries review the submitted work and identify those young people that they believe show great promise as professional fine art or documentary photographers. This exhibition and supporting publication show the result of that process.

    The Magenta Foundation gratefully acknowledges the nurturing support of Flash Forward Festival Presenting Sponsor TD Bank Financial Group for its ongoing commitment to Flash Forward, in all its formats, since launching six years ago.

    Featured Artists:


    * Kotama Bouabane
    * Philip Cheung
    * Becky Comber
    * Leanne Eisen
    * Shanghoon Jeong
    * Grant Harder
    * Jennilee Marigomen
    * Andrew Myers
    * Geoffrey Pugen
    * Guillaume Simoneau
    * Jessica Thalman

    United Kingdom

    * Peter Ainsworth
    * Jason Bascombe
    * Alinka Echeverria
    * Jason Larkin
    * Laura Pannack
    * Ali Richards
    * Anja Schaffner
    * Indre Serpytyte
    * Kurt Tong
    * Mike Whelan
    * Renhui Zhao

    United States

    * Jowhara AlSaud
    * Claire Beckett
    * Magda Biernat
    * Anthony Blasko
    * Izabella Demavlys
    * Jonathan Gitelson
    * S. Billie Mandle
    * Colin LaFleche
    * Tribble and Macenido
    * Kevin Van Aelst

  • Flash Forward Winners

    Magenta Flash Forward 2010 Winners have just been announced, and I'm on the list!

    Congratulations to all of the winners!

    Flash Forward - Emerging Photographers 2010 Final Selections

    Bright Spark Award

    * Indre Serpytyte (UK)

    Selected Winners

    * Karen Asher
    * Alyssa Bistonath
    * Jesse Boles
    * Kotama Bouabane
    * Leah Tepper Byrne
    * Kitra Cahana
    * Philip Cheung
    * Becky Comber
    * Dan Doucette
    * Leanne Eisen
    * Sean Galbraith
    * Rafal Gerszak
    * Tia Halliday
    * Grant Harder
    * Joseph Hartman
    * Simon Hayter
    * Ryan Enn Hughes
    * Eszter Hungarian
    * Shanghoon Jeong
    * Mark Kasumovic
    * Jinyoung Kim
    * Alex Kisilevich
    * Michael Love
    * Jennilee Marigomen
    * Andrew B. Myers
    * Jennifer Osborne
    * Josée Pedneault
    * Celia Perrin Sidarous
    * Geoffrey Pugen
    * Darren Rigo
    * Alana Riley
    * Guillaume Simoneau
    * Jessica Thalmann
    * Sara A. Tremblay
    * Elizabeth Vickery

    Honourable Mentions

    * Nadia Belerique
    * James Chance
    * Joanna Foster
    * Che Kothari
    * Aislinn Leggett
    * Robbie Palmer
    * Laura Patricolo
    * Bryan Rubarth
    * Devin Tepleski
    * Brandon Thibodeaux
    * Simon Willms
    * Alice Zilberberg

    Selected Winners

    * Peter Ainsworth
    * Song-Nian Ang
    * Jason Bascombe
    * Poulomi Basu
    * Ben Begley
    * George Benson
    * Rachel Louise Brown
    * Briony Campbell
    * Simon Carruthers
    * CJ Clarke
    * Adam Dean
    * Jan Dunning
    * Alinka Echeverria
    * Odette England
    * Melinda Gibson
    * Liz Hingley
    * Tom Hull
    * Ayoung Kim
    * Jason Larkin
    * Martina Lindqvist
    * Nina Mangalanayagam
    * Alex Masi
    * Andrew McConnell
    * Laura Pannack
    * David Plummer
    * Ali Richards
    * Julieta Sans
    * Anja Schaffner
    * Corinne Silva
    * Toby Smith
    * Carole Suety
    * Kurt Tong
    * Mike Whelan
    * Dave Wyatt
    * Renhui Zhao

    Honourable Mentions

    * Alicja Dobrucka
    * Dominic Hawgood
    * Sarah Mei Herman
    * victoria Jenkins
    * Stephen JB Kelly
    * Evi Lemberger
    * Sachiyo Nishimura
    * Ben Roberts
    * Clare Samuel
    * Franek Strzeszewski
    * Natalie Tkachuk
    * Jeff Vanderpool

    Bright Spark Award

    * Indre Serpytyte

    Selected Winners

    * Tribble & Mancenido
    * Jowhara AlSaud
    * Jason Andrew
    * Evgenia Arbugaeva
    * Claire Beckett
    * Magda Biernat
    * Anthony Blasko
    * Gina Brocker
    * Kate Brooks
    * Caleb Cole
    * Katrina d'Autremont
    * Stephanie de Rouge
    * Izabella Demavlys
    * Sarah Elliott
    * Meghan Farrell
    * Jonathan Gitelson
    * Joshua Dudley Greer
    * Jonathan Hanson
    * Gabriela Herman
    * Aaron Huey
    * Angela Jimenez
    * Collin LaFleche
    * Erika Larsen
    * S. Billie Mandle
    * Lydia McCarthy
    * Giuseppe Moccia
    * Natalie Obermaier
    * Christina Seely
    * Sarah Small
    * Jonathan Smith
    * Kevin Van Aelst
    * Carlo Van De Roer
    * Alex Welsh
    * Lisa Wiltse
    * carl wooley

    Honourable Mentions

    * Noah Addis
    * Brendan Austin
    * Beau Comeaux
    * Philip Dembinski
    * Kyle Ford
    * Dima Gavrysh
    * Tim Gruber
    * Lee Hoagland
    * Bradley Peters
    * Viktoria Sorochinski
    * Sophia Wallace
    * Ariel Zambelich

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    I'm on booooooom!

  • VNFOLD Magazine

    Check out this interview I did in VNFOLD Issue 2: Esprit du Temps

  • It's time for Photorama once again!

    I have two pieces in this year's Photorama at Gallery TPW. It should be a fun event as well as an excellent opportunity to add some very affordable pieces to your collection!

    PHOTORAMA 2009
    November 27 – December 5

    Collectors Preview Thursday, November 26, 6 – 9 pm
    Opening Reception Friday, November 27, 6 – 9 pm
    Sale continues Saturday November 28, Noon – 5 pm
    Tuesday December 1 – December 5, Noon – 5 pm

    On Thursday, November 26, 6 – 8 pm Gallery TPW will host a Collectors Preview for Gallery TPW Collector members. Collector Memberships can be purchased from Gallery TPW by downloading the membership form and returning the completed form to the gallery by email to
    members @ gallerytpw.caThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or fax 416.645.1681.

    Photorama 2009 features over 100 pieces of artwork, including a new photograph by Edward Burtynsky, one of Canada’s most respected photographers. Burtynsky’s remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are in the collections of several major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Bibliotèque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum in New York.

    For 23 years, Photorama has featured high quality work and the contributions of many of Canada’s most accomplished and respected artists. The Photorama 2009 line-up includes: Sara Angelucci, Lise Beaudry, Nadia Belerique, Jesse Boles, Robert Burley, Jack Burman, Edward Burtynsky, Jamie Campbell, Ulysses Castellanos, Jennifer Cherniack, Carole Condé & Karl Beveridge, Robyn Cumming, Chris Curreri, Erika DeFreitas, Vuk Dragojevic, Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby, Leanne Eisen, Johnnie Eisen, Eshrat Erfanian, Talia Eylon, Tori Foster & Jesse Colin Jackson, Kathryn Gaitens, Malka Greene, Colwyn Griffith, Toni Hafkenscheid, Gary Hall, Eriver Hijano, Risa Horowitz, Oliver Husain, Vid Ingelevics, Patrick Jenkins, Lisa Kannakko, Jean-Paul Kelly, Dave Kemp, Peter Kingstone, Alex Kisilevich, Katherine Knight, Brendan Ko, Suzanne Lake, Amy Lam, Elaine Ling, Gareth Long, Jennifer Long, Morris Lum, Annie MacDonell, Rob MacInnis, Hugh Martin, Josh Morden, Mitch Robertson, Davida Nemeroff, Raffy Ochoa, Lindsay Page, Vincenzo Pietropaolo, Geoffrey Pugen, Steve Reinke, Susana Reisman, Darren Rigo, Noel Rodo-Vankeulen, Clare Samuel, Susan Schelle, Marcus Schubert, SHAKE -n- MAKE, Jennifer Rose Sciarrino, Chris Shepherd, Sharon Switzer, Tanja-Tiziana, Jeff Thomas, Carolyn Tripp, Kyle Tryhorn, Lizzie Vickery, Lisa Visser, Rachel Waugh, Meichen Waxer, Pamela Williams, Nikki Woolsey and many more.

    Photorama is Gallery TPW’s annual fundraising exhibition featuring artists selected by Gallery TPW’s Board of Directors. Photorama 2008 was one of the most successful years ever, raising over $38,000. Over $13,000 was paid out to artists in sale fees and $22,000 was raised in direct support of the gallery’s programming and operations. This year, Gallery TPW hopes to raise $30,000 towards the expansion of its innovative programming and community building events.

    Admission to PHOTORAMA is free.

  • Po.lar.i.ty at Launch Projects

    I have some images, as well as some hand-made miniatures on display in Po.lar.i.ty at Launch Projects. My miniature installation represents a brothel souvenir shop accompany the images of 'Play'.

    A group exhibition of multiples and installation with sculpture, glass and photography.

    Leanne Eisen,
    Emma Gerard,
    Alexandra Mainella,
    Kim Stanford.

    Curated by Stephanie Cormier and Tara Bursey

    June 17 - 28, 2009
    Opening June Thursday June 18, 6 - 9 pm.
    Gallery Hours: Wed. to Sun. 12 - 5 pm.

    Po-lar-i-ty is an exhibition which explores ideas surrounding polarity and dichotomy, specifically with regard to traditional women’s roles, activities and rituals. Leanne Eisen projects representations of the sex industry onto the medium of the conventional dollhouse, juxtaposing the equally constricted and restrictive roles of homemaker and sexworker within detailed dioramas. Emma Gerard’s hot sculpted glass breast implant multiples use material and process to present a playful yet striking visual pun. Similarly, Alexandra Mainella uses multiple representations of lipsticks and pedicure tools cast in bronze and aluminum, transforming them into bullet shells and brass knuckles, while Kim Stanford uses steel wool to create a giant steel wool spool of yarn, commenting on the nature of repetitive domestic tasks and activities.

    For more information contact: Stephanie Cormier at stephanie@tsa-art.ca

  • All Eyes on Eisen

    Check out this NOW Magazine review by Leah Sandals of "#5 Peep Show" at O'born Contemporary!

  • SNAP!09 a Photo Fundraiser for the AIDS Committee of Toronto

    I just got word today that I won best Still Life/Abstract Photo at SNAP!09

    The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) delivers responsive, effective, and valued community-based HIV support services and education, prevention, outreach and fundraising programs that promote the health, well-being, worth and rights of individuals and communities living with, affected by and at risk for HIV/AIDS, and increase awareness of HIV/AIDS.

    For more information about the AIDS Committee of Toronto, visit us online at www.actoronto.org or call us at 416-340-2437.

    Event night is Sunday March 1st, 2009

    Back by popular demand, SNAP!09 will again be held at the National Ballet School (400 Jarvis Street)

    2009 Honorary Chair – Glen Baxter, Fashion Television
    5:00pm: VIP Cocktail Reception
    6:00pm: Doors Open

    * Cocktail Reception
    * Art Preview
    * Auction Registration
    * Silent Auction Opens
    * Cash Bar

    7:30pm: Live Auction begins

    Entertainment provided by DJ Sumation


    One of my pieces will be auctioned off at this years Toronto Timeraiser!

    This will be a great opportunity to pick up some great work in exchange for volunteer hours. This event is a win/win/win for collectors, non-profit organizations and emerging artists alike. I plan to do some completely guilt-free shopping during the event.

    SATURDAY MARCH 21st, 2009

  • #5 PEEP SHOW

    Mark your calendars, February 14th 1 - 4pm is the opening, complete with chocolates and champagne to make your V-day extra special . . .

    The fifth exhibition at O'Born Contemporary draws on the voyeuristic aspects of peepshow. Work from artists Finn O'Hara, Leanne Eisen, Camilla Holmgren, and a selection of mid-century vernacular nudes by several anonymous photographers make up the show.
    Finn O'Hara's images were created during the final hours of the once notorious Hillcrest Motel. Leanne Eisen has built and documented the interior of a dollhouse made for adult pleasures. Camilla Holmgren's autoportraits delight and intrigue the intrepid viewer.
    The vernacular photographs are from the 1950s and 1960s, and showcase vintage nude photography.
    Join us on Valentine's Day for an infusion of chocolate and the opportunity to linger over these beautiful works.

    The exhibition opening will be hung on January 27th during the day, and will run until March 13th.

    Check out O'Born Contemporary's website for the complete exhibition statement.


    Just a heads-up that my work will be included in this years Photorama at Gallery TPW!
    GIven the sheer awesomeness of everyone else involved, I have to say, it's kind of a big deal.

    PHOTORAMA 2008
    22nd Annual Sale of Contemporary Photo-Based Art
    November 28 to December 6, 2008

    Opening Reception
    Friday, November 28, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Collector’s Preview
    Thursday,November 27, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    The Collector’s Preview is exclusive to Gallery TPW members at the collector
    level or above and features a reception and advance sale on Thursday, November 27 at 6:00 p.m.
    Consult the website or call the gallery to inquire about becoming a Collector Member

    Sale continues until Saturday, December 6
    Closed Sunday & Monday
    Gallery hours are noon to 5:00

  • This year I'll be showing 14 pieces from my series 'Looking In' at Art in the Fall!
    Here's the info:

    Art in the Fall at 401
    Art in the Halls / Queen West Art Crawl / Nuit Blanche

    Welcome to Art in the Fall, your chance to soak up some arts and culture
    at our 15th annual celebration of the creative community at 401 Richmond and beyond. Art in the Fall brings together a wide-range of programming
    at 401 and participation in local arts events that highlight the vibrancy of artistic practice in Toronto. You can catch it all under one roof from Sep. 11 - Oct. 9.
    We welcome Queen West Art Crawlers from Sep. 12 - 14 to come over
    and see what’s on our walls and in our halls. Then as October sets in we gear up for an all-night marathon of contemporary art with Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on Oct. 4.
    Art in the Halls is a group exhibition from Sep. 11 - Oct. 9 that transforms public spaces at 401 into a labrynthine art gallery. And finally, our 11
    on-site galleries begin their fall season of programming with exhibitions
    and special events.
    Everything you need to know about Art in the Fall is listed below - It is
    your map to all that 401 Richmond has to offer this autumn.


    Art in the Hall
    September 11 -October 9
    selected artists display their work in the halls of 401 Richmond

    Queen West Art Crawl
    September 12 - 14
    A weekend-long festival celebrating Toronto's Queen Street West

    Nuit Blanche Toronto
    October 4
    sunset to sunrise
    an all night contemporary art thing

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  • Role / Play: Photographs by Leanne Eisen and Sarah Munro

    June 02 – July 06 2008
    Opening: Thursday, June 05 2008, 6:00-9:00pm
    Pikto Gallery

    The photographic works of Leanne Eisen and Sarah Munro both investigate the way female 'roles' are shaped and defined in society. Each artist looks at a different source of steretoyping that women encounter throughout their lives; Eisen's work reinterprets and reinvents the traditional dollhouse from a girl's childhood while Munro's photographs of famous women (re-photographed from a television set) question the influence of the image itself on our perceptions of women.

    At first glance, the images in Eisen's series Play appear harmless and even inviting, as pictures of a miniature dollhouse should. Upon further investigation, however, viewers discover that the carefully constructed miniatures within the photographs are not anything like the innocent childhood play homes of a woman's past. These carefully constructed sets, each handmade by Eisen, do not encourage traditional domestic roles such as homemaker or housewife. Instead, Eisen has applied the concept of childhood role-playing to the position of the sex worker and in this manner is able to challenge how we attempt to construct specific societal positions for women. By making the "hidden occupation of prostitution" visible, viewers are forced to rethink one of the first sources of stereotyping that young girls encounter. In Eisen's view, the positions of housewife and prostitute are polar opposites, though both are "highly constructed and restrictive roles" that are "the most deeply-rooted myths of the feminine".

    Sarah Munro addresses similar concepts with her series Girls on Film, which focuses on the the role of the media in the construction of female stereotypes and issues of femininity. Similarly to Eisen, Munro presents viewers with images that call to mind the battle of "Good Girl versus Bad Girl". With these close-up, decontextualized images of recognizable women such as Oprah Winfrey, Audrey Hepburn, and Martha Stuart, Munro examines how photography, film and the media as a whole can imply a new and often false context. By re-photographing footage of these famous women (captured in what appear to be states of sexual pleasure), Munro's photographs demonstrate how easily one's judgment toward these prominent women can be altered. Munro explains that with her photographs she aims "to uncover the ease with which both static and moving images can be decontextualized, for it is in this decontextualization that women may be most readily misinterpreted".

    Both artists will have their works on display at Pikto Gallery until July 6th, 2008.

    Eisen, Leanne. Play: Unpublished Artist Statement, 2006.
    Munro, Sarah. Girls on Film: Unpublished Artist Statement, 2008.

    Pikto Gallery
    55 Mill Street, Building 59-103
    The Distillery District, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
    416 203 3443

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