Toban Nichols
Since 2008
Works in Los Angeles, California United States of America

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. 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 2011, his work will be seen in new exhibitions in New Zealand, Los Angeles, and in the Artist’s collaborative magazine “Color&Color”

More of his work can be seen at
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Production & Decay of Strange Particles

Tue Aug 12, 2014 00:00 - Tue Aug 12, 2014

Production and Decay of Strange Particles is a body of photo work shot in a huge warehouse where I precariously hang off the ground about 15 feet above the scene I'm shooting. I think of this work as a collaboration with the models because not only are they making up the shapes and poses that form the final prints but they also bring their own wardrobe. They can choose anything to wear as long as it's bright and colorful and we set up the outfits together. I've been constantly impressed with their fashion choices as much as the variety of amazing abstract shapes each person has brought to the project.

I've shot dancers, an aerialist, models, Burners, friends, and even a very exuberant chef, who've all brought something incredible to the collaboration. The work is along the same lines as my "Dendroid” print work and other digitally manipulated crumples and smashups I’ve worked with over the last 5 years, but this time the focus is less on digital manipulation and more on human manipulation, asking each model to interpret the scope of the work in their own way and supply a set of poses they felt best represented an abstract shape with lines and angles made sharp and pointed by an organic more rounded form, the human body.

The titles are all derived from classic episodes of “The Outer Limits” named as such because I felt as though I was at a departure from my own personal norm in making this work, jutting off in a different yet related direction to the space my work usual lives in.



Fri Mar 21, 2014 00:00 - Mon Mar 31, 2014

New meditative video by California artist, Toban Nichols shot on the Pacheco Pass between LA & San Francisco.

single channel video

A dream-like techno wander through lush woodlands similar to gazing through a car window as natural life trails by in long, verdant sweeps. As the landscape speeds by abstract shapes from nature are created, spin down the line, and in an instant are gone. Light prisms and flares dot the landscape pointing the way forward and back reminiscent of fast forward and rewind buttons on vintage VCRs.


Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Mon Dec 24, 2012 15:05

Wishing you a wonderful Season and a fantastic New Year!

( a selection of holiday cards from the past can be downloaded and used as digi-wallpaper at the link. My small gift to you all. enjoy!)


Last day to apply for CollectLA!

Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:00

Today is the last day to register for CollectLA's first show!

We are taking applications at the link below until Midnight tonight.

Get on it!!


CollectLA-the art fair for artists, collectors, & you

Fri Nov 02, 2012 13:50

Los Angeles, California
United States of America

Call For Entries

CollectLA of Los Angeles, announces a call to artists to apply for its upcoming inaugural art fair on February 16th & 17th, 2013.

It will take place downtown Los Angeles in the Penthouse Suite of the California Market Center which boasts 90,000 square feet of exhibition space. Approximately 350 artists will be selected to exhibit their work at CollectLA. Selected artists can either rent a 10’ x 10’ booth by themselves or share one with another artist of their choosing.

This art fair is the premier event for affordable art. Each artist must price their work between $50 and $2,500 with half their work priced below $1,000.

This call for entries is open to all artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, new media, and digital art. Accepted artists must set up their booth space on Friday, February 15th and exhibit their work at the fair on Saturday, February 16th and Sunday, February 17th.

The application deadline is November 2, 2012 with a fee of $25 per applicant.

Please find more information and apply on-line at