Leslie Eastman has held numerous solo and collaborative exhibitions nationally and internationally. He has been the recipient of grants from the Australia Council and Creative Victoria and exhibited at venues such as ACCA, Linden, Gertrude Contemporary, Experimenta, and Museums Victoria. His work uses drawing, video, photography and architectural installation to explore themes of light and reflection, inversion and mirroring, to rethink our conditioned perception of the world.
Eastman’s work is represented in various collections including Museums Victoria. He is a senior lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at Monash University. Eastman has collaborated occasionally with other artists including with New York based artist Natasha Johns-Messenger and astronomer Sarah Maddison, Dean of Science at Swinburne.
The Visible and the Invisible commissioned for Swoon by Juliana Engburg in 2004 received praise in the specialist and mainstream press. In 2006 Eastman was a recipient of the Venice Biennale Educators travel award and in the same year was commissioned with collaborator Natasha Johns-Messenger to produce the signature work for Vanishing Point curated by Experimenta Inc. Their subsequent major exhibition XYZ:NYC held in New York in 2012 was supported by a New Work Grant from the Australia Council and was awarded ‘Show of the Week in New York’ by National Public Radio.
Eastman was the founding member of Light Projects (2010-12) an experimental project space in Melbourne which held over thirty exhibitions by local and international artists addressing themes of psychoanalysis and perception.
In 2017 Eastman exhibited The Illuminated Field at the new Islamic Museum Australia. This work comprised footage filmed in Andalucía in Spain whilst on the Australia Council Barcelona residency which he undertook in 2013. This multiscreen video installation addresses themes of environmentalism as well as the immanent experience of light and its meaning across cultures.