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Toban Nichols

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Birthplace
Kansas

Birth year
1970

Lives in
Los Angeles

Works in
Los Angeles

Website

Schools
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), 2003, MFA New Genres

Representing galleries

Tags
exhibition/performance, conceptual, abstract, digital, photography, video-art, mixed-media

Statement

BIO

Toban Nichols, is a deconstructivist artist living in Los Angeles. His work has been seen internationally in SCOPE New York, SCOPE Basel, the Digital Fringe Festival in Melbourne Australia, Les Territoires in Montreal, as well as The Seattle Art Museum.

After earning a Bachelors degree in painting, he moved west to study New Media at the San Francisco Art Institute in California where he recieved an MFA in Digital Media and Videography.

More recently he was granted a residency with the Experimental Television Center in New York, and awarded the Juror's Pick at the ArtHouse Film Festival in 2009 for his video entitled "BATTLESTATIONS!!"

STATEMENT

Like most things created by humans, computers often break-down while doing the work they were programed to do. I exploit these weaknesses, using the flaws as the genesis of my art. Through “databending” (forced errors or subverted “natural” function), I wrestle control away from the computer that results in unique digital output. The investigation of this distortion produces a self-reflexive understanding of digital technology that appropriates the semiotic nature of visual language. These images are then manipulated into a photographic or video medium. The final pictures attempt to destroy and reconstruct cultural significance and raise questions about the mediation of art vis-a-vis technology.

Moreover, the forced glitches create a simple aesthetic that is rich in color and texture. Stripes become convoluted and intermixed; light and dark turn and twist into each other creating a dramatically chaotic architecture. Unique formal qualities of texture, light and motion are formed; and, contrast and flow growing more evident. Furthermore, pulsing, glowing light and patterns suggest movement and exploded and degraded pixels mutate into inorganic shapes. The data of this process is recorded to construct a digital terrain that striving to familiarize the now unfamiliar. 

Recent Exhibits

Toban Nichols participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2012 October Surprise
323 Projects
 
Jun, 2010 Nothing Rhymes With Orange
New Puppy Gallery
 
Dec, 2009 Oppobrium
Adobe Books Backroom Gallery
 
Dec, 2009 The Tragedy Collection
SFLGBT Center
 
Nov, 2009 JIGSAWMENTALLAMA - a group exhibition and weekly film/video screening series
David Cunningham Projects
 
Feb, 2013 CollectLA Art Fair
California Market Center
 
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