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Toban Nichols

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Hydraulic
Hydraulic, 2009 Giclee' 64x64 © tobannichols
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Oppobrium, 2008 Book 10x12" © tobannichols
Ambling
Amble, 2010 HD Giclee' Variable © tobannichols
Hang
Hang, 2010 HD Giclee' Variable © tobannichols
Shift
Shift, 2010 HD Giclee' Variable © tobannichols
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Sixth Finger, 2013 C-print © 2013
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Corpus Earthling, 2012 C-print © 2012
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Production & Decay of Strange Particles, 2012 C-print © 2012
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Form of Things Unknown, 2012 C-print © 2012
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Bellero Shield, 2012 C-print © 2012
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Expanding Human, 2013 C-print © 2013
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Hundred Days of the Dragon, 2013 C-print © 2013
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Man with the Power, 2013 C-print © 2013
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Zanti Misfits, 2013 C-print © 2013
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Counterweight, 2013 C-print © 2013
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Keeper of the Purple Twilight, 2013 C-print © 2013
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still from Semaphore (of Dendroid Origin), 2011 Video © 2011
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still from Semaphore (of Dendroid Origin), 2011 Video © 2011
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still from Semaphore (of Dendroid Origin), 2011 Video © 2011
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still from Semaphore (of Dendroid Origin), 2011 Video © 2011
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WW, 2013 C-print 8x8 Inches © 2013
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still image from Stoney MT, 2012 Video © 2012
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installation view- Lips Inc. , 2010 Outdoor Installation, Vinyl Print, Spray Paint 7x7 Feet © 2010
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installation view- Lips Inc. , 2010 Outdoor Installation, Vinyl Print, Spray Paint 7x7 Feet © 2010
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installation view- Mysteries of Carom, 2009 Video, Monitors, Headphones, Chairs, Private Booth © 2009
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Burgerweight, 2010 Aluminum Cast, Bent Steel, Rubber, Plaque 15x8 Inches © 2010
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Toilet Troubles, 2012 Digital Drawing © 2012
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Existing X-section, 2012 Digital Drawing © 2012
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Burgerweight, 2011 Aluminum Cast, Bent Steel, Rubber, Plaque 15x10 Inches © 2011
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Burgerweight, 2010 Aluminum Cast, Bent Steel, Rubber, Plaque 15x10 Inches © 2010
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Burgerweight, 2010 Aluminum Cast, Bent Steel, Rubber, Plaque 15x10 Inches © 2010
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Lips Inc., 2010 Vinyl Print 7x7 Feet © 2010
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Activate, 2011 C-print © 2011
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Gait, 2011 C-print © 2011
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Sweep, 2011 C-print © 2011
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Idle, 2011 C-print © 2011
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Carriage, 2011 C-print © 2011
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Berth, 2011 C-print © 2011
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Mosey, 2011 C-print © 2011
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still image from Saturnine Tassajara, 2016 Still Image From Video © toban nichols
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still image from Saturnine Tassajara, 2016 Still Image From Video
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still image from Saturnine Tassajara Still Image From Video © 2016
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still image from Saturnine Tassajara, 2016 Still Image From Video
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still image from Saturnine Tassajara, 2016 Still Image From Video
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Plateau, 2014 Glicee'
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Anyone Out There, 2014 Glicee'
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Punk Hair, 2014
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The Universe Alone, 2015
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Spaceship, 2014
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Origami, 2014
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Still image from Forge, 2014 Still Image From Video
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Still image from Forge, 2014 Still Image From Video
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Wild Hearts Don't Lie, 2011
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Grisandole, 2015 Glicee'
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Essentia Aeturnum, 2015 Secret Instagram Project
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Still image from Corrugated Field, 2016 Still Image From Video
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Kansas
Birth year
1970
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
Schools
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), 2003, MFA New Genres
Representing galleries
Tags
mixed-media, video-art, photography, digital, abstract, conceptual, exhibition/performance
Statement

BIO

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'. 

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.