Toban Nichols
Toban Nichols

About

BIOGRAPHY       

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'. 

 


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. 

 


Curriculum Vitae

 

Selected Exhibitions

     

2019          

QueerTech.io, Midsumma Festival, Melbourne, Australia (group)

2018

Hunted/Haunted, The Neutra, Los Angeles, CA (group)
Stuntdriver, with Kym Priess, Highways Performance Space, LA, CA (performance/musical)
Currents New Media Festival, Santa Fe, NM (group)
Open Source: Fly By 3, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA (group)
Queer Moving Image Review, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
Artist’s Roster Annual Show, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA (group)
Stripes, BG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (group)

2017          

The Inaugural Show, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA (group)
Top 40, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA (group)
Red Love, Sophia Queer Forum, Aether Art Space, Sofia, Bulgaria (group)
Yarn Mountain Installation and Video Debut, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA (group)
UN[dis]criminate, The Unstitute, London (solo)

2016           

The Breakdown: Recombinant Poetics, ARENA 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (group)
Abstract Mind: The international Exhibition on Abstract Art, CICA Museum, Korea (group)
Saturnine Tassajara Video World Premier, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Rainbow Shift, Ricardo Montalban Theater, Los Angeles, CA (group)
12th Anniversary Members Exhibit, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA (group) 
March Featured Video Artist, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA (group)
2016 Biennial, Houston Fotofest, Houston, TX (group)
Novus Conceptum, Hannah Bacol Busch Gallery, Houston, TX (group)
January Featured Video Artist, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA (group)

2015            

essentia_aeternum (self_forever), online secret project (solo)
Lid Off Film Festival, Lucas Kansas, (group)
October Featured Video Artist, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA (group)

2014            

L.A. Fly By IV, LACDA, Los Angeles, (group)
Featured Video Artist of the Month, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Simultan Festival #10,  Cetate Synagogue, Timisoara, Romania (group)
True Colors 2nd Annual, Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA (group)
This Is What I Want, performance festival, San Francisco, CA (group)
Beacons Festival, Film & Doc presentation, Yorkshire Dales, England (group)
Printscreen Festival 2014, Holon Cinematheque, Holon, Israel (group)
LACDA Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA (group)
Toban Nichols/Barry Shaffer, LA ArtCore Gallery, Los Angleles, CA (group)

2013

8th Annual Streaming Festival, Het Nutshuis, The Hague, Netherlands (group)
Artist’s Books & Cookies, Ooga Booga #2, Los Angeles, CA (group)
Here & Gone in 60 Seconds, Downtown Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA (group)
True Colors, Public Installation, Lips Inc., UNO St Claude Gallery, New Orleans, LA (group)
Public Installation, Lips Inc., Eastside Pride-Tigrephino Projects, Los Angeles, CA (group)
Pop Rally, Abstract Currents, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (group)
Semaphore, Video Art Tv online & in-gallery, Gallery Chartier, Derby CT (group)

2012

Queer Pile Up 3, For Your Art, Los Angeles, CA (group)
October Surprise, 323 Projects, Los Angeles, CA (group)
Public Installation, Lips Inc., Powder Room Salon, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
New Media Festival Los Angeles, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA (group)
Semaphore, Niche Fine Arts Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (solo)
Intercept 1:7, Multiplexer, Las Vegas, NV (group)
Ephemera & Greatest Hits, SFLGBT Center, San Francisco, CA (group)
Public Installation, Lips Inc., Silverlake hillside, Los Angeles, CA (solo)

2011

Subversive Video Booth, Art Platform LA, Los Angeles, CA (group)
Looking Forward: 10 Artists to Watch, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA (group)
Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (group)
Artgrease #594, Medly, Artgrease TV, Buffalo NY (televised)
Super Market Art Fair, 00130 Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (group)

2010

New Media, Sex, & Culture in the 21st Century, Museum of New Art, Detroit MI (group)
Nothing Rhymes With Orange, New Puppy Gallery, Los Angeles (group)
Festival Miden 2010, Kalamata Historic Centre, Greece (group)
Sarah!, Sarah!, Sarah!, NFDU Projects, Sydney, Australia (group) 

 

Publications

 

2014

Nichols, Toban. MY TWIN, photo book

1996

Roberts, Steven. Cul-de-Sac Cowboy. Illustrated by Toban Nichols.

 

PresS

2018

         Rhizomatic Sustainability Network Member Spotlight

2017

Digital America, Issue 9

2016

ART Habens Art Review, Special Edition

2013

Stigmart ArtPress, VIDEO FOCUS Stigmart 10

2012       

Handmade Men
Fine Life Magazine
Kingery-Page, Katie & Howard Hahn. “The Aesthetics of Digital Representation: Realism, Abstraction and Kitsch.” Journal of Landscape Architecture

2011

So Very Contemporary
Corduroy Magazine
Inspiration of the Nation
Make Space Magazine
Beautiful Decay
Bang Style
Design Boom
Adams, Lisa. “Chain Letter: A Group Exhibition” Huffington Post
Detroit MONA online catalogue
Apartment Therapy
Saban, Steven. World of Wonder.net

2010

VIP VideoChannel Interview Project
Curreri, Amanda. Color&Color #2, Black & White. artist curated publication
Art Wednesday

2009

B., Marke. “Glitchy Kisses”, San Francisco Bay Guardian
DeLong, Michael. “Toban Nichols: Oppobrium”, Flavorpill
Fitzpatrick, Chris. “Goodbye Horses”, Artslant
Keeling, Brock. “Toban Nichols: 3 Shows, 2 Months,1 Artist”, Sfist.com

2008

Atomic Unicorn
Itch Magazine
Splice Today

      

Committees, Awards, ExperiencE

 

2018           

Artist in Residence, Movember Foundation, Culver City, CA

2011

Curatorial Residency (w/ Erin Kellgren-Temple), Platform Art Space, Los Angeles, CA

2009

Juror’s Pick, ArtHouse Film and Video Festival, Tampa, FL

2005

Residency, Experimental Television Center, Newark Valley, NY

2002

Curatorial Internship, New Langton Arts, San Francisco CA
Youth Arts Collaborative Project: Night Light, Ann Carlson & Mary Ellen Strom, Yerba Buena Arts Center, San Francisco, CA

2001- 02

Walter McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, Gallery Assistant 

2001- 02

Teaching Assistant-Introduction to Digital Media as Fine Art II,
San Francisco Art Institute 

1996

Illustrator, Cul de Sac Cowboy, First Inline Creative, publisher 

1995-96

Dean's Honor Roll, Wichita State University

1995

Scholarship Award Recipient, Wichita State University, School of Art and Design

1994

African-American Family Preservation Inc., Student Mural Director

 

Education

 

2002

San Francisco Art Institute, Masters of Fine Art, New Genres

1996

Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting

 

Selected Press