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Toban Nichols

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Birth year

Lives in
Los Angeles

Works in
Los Angeles


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

Representing galleries

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



Toban Nichols, is a visual artist living in Los Angeles. His work has been seen most recently in film festivals and galleries locally in Los Angeles, & in Romania, Israel, & the Netherlands. He was also featured in Pop Rally at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. 

After earning a Bachelors degree in painting, he studied New Media at the San Francisco Art Institute in California where he recieved an MFA in New Genres. He has been 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!!

In the past three years Nichols launched a line of pillows, created a photo app for iDevices worldwide and published his first  photo book titled 'MY TWIN'. 


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:

Jul, 2016 Saturnine Tassajara Premier
LACDA - Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
Jun, 2016 RAINBOW SHIFT 2.0
The Montalban Theater
May, 2014 Tandem-Solo Photography Exhibit
LA Artcore Brewery Annex
Nov, 2013 The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale
Paradise Hills Gallery
Oct, 2012 October Surprise
323 Projects
Jun, 2010 Nothing Rhymes With Orange
New Puppy Gallery
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