Toban Nichols, is a visual artist from Los Angeles. His work has been seen in film festivals & galleries around LA, 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 for his video entitled "BATTLESTATIONS!!

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

© 2017 Toban Nichols all rights reserved


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.



      2017        Digital America Issue 9: Saturnine Tassajara,

      2016        Art Habens- Art Review, Special Edition-

      2014        Nichols, Toban  MY TWIN, photo book

      2013        Stigmart ArtPress, VIDEO FOCUS Stigmart 10 -     

      2012        Kingery-Page, Katie & Hahn, Howard. “The Aesthetics of Digital Representation: 

                      Realism, Abstraction and Kitsch” Journal of Landscape Architecture, Dec. 2012

                      Handmade Men, online blog-

                      Fine Life Magazine-     

      2011        So Very Contemporary, online blog -
                      Corduroy Magazine -

                      Inspiration of the Nation, online blog-                     

                      Make Space Magazine-

                      Beautiful Decay, online blog-

                      Bang Style, online blog-

                      Design Boom, online blog-

                      Adams, Lisa. “Chain Letter: A Group Exhibition” Huffington Post, July 31, 2011 (photo)

                      Online catalog- Detroit MONA

                      Hamilton, Patrick J., Apartment Therapy,

                      Saban, Steven. World of

      2010        VIP VideoChannel Interview Project,  August, 2010,

                      Color&Color, #2 Artist Curated Publication, San Francisco, July, 2010

                      Art Wednesday, online blog July 2, 2010

      2009        B., Marke. “Glitchy Kisses”, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Dec. 9, 2009

                      DeLong, Michael. “Toban Nichols: Oppobrium”,, Dec. 8, 2009

                      Fitzpatrick, Chris. “Goodbye Horses”, Artslant, Nov. 23, 2009

                      Keeling, Brock. “Toban Nichols: 3 Shows, 2 Months,1 Artist”,, Nov.12, 2009

      2008        Atomic Unicorn, online blog,

                      Itch Magazine,

                      Splice Today online blog,


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