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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Three shows, Two months, One Artist

Thu Nov 12, 2009 00:00 - Sun Oct 25, 2009

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Three Shows, Two Months, One Artist

(San Francisco; October 2009) Toban Nichols, deconstructive artist and former San Francisco resident, plans a jarring takeover of the city’s local galleries, like the opening credits of the original Outer Limits. Unlike those black-and-white sci-fi shows, however, his medium favors bright color, along with databending and media manipulation, with a keen eye focused on both current and nostalgic popular culture moments and icons.

In a unique opportunity to see the work of this California artist in three venues in one season, work can be seen from various times in the artists career which culminates in his premiere of new work at his Adobe Books Backroom Gallery solo exhibition. It is unusual to have the opportunity to see so much work by one artist at one moment in the Bay Area.

Opening reception: November 12, 2009 7-10pm
Exhibition runs November 12- December 12
David Cunningham Projects
1928 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Open Thursdays through Saturdays, noon -6pm and by appointment
T: 415 341 1538
Press inquiries:

“The Tragedy Collection" Toban Nichols’ solo exhibition
Exhibition Dates: December 1, 2009 - January 10, 2010
San Francisco Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center
1800 Market Street @ Octavia, 4th floor
San Francisco, CA
Open M-Th 12-10pm, F: 12-6pm, Sat 9am - 6pm
Press inquiries: or

“Oppobrium" Toban Nichols’ solo exhibition
Opening reception: December 11, 2009 7-9pm
Exhibition Dates: December 11, 2009 -January 10, 2010
Adobe Books Backroom Gallery
3166 16th Street
San Francisco, CA
Open daily 12-10pm
Press inquiries:

November 12, 2009 7-10pm
His first show, “JIGSAWMENTALLAMA," is a group show which opens November 12th, 2009. “LockUp,” Nichols contribution, boasts a series of prints based around machine error: the use of texture, shape, and movement are representative of architecture, and is meant as a study and mirror of architectural ideas. Nichols’ classic video “Happy Birthday Dahling” will also be showing on a loop in the exhibition.

Tragedy Collection
December 1st-January-10, 2009
"The Tragedy Collection" is about destruction, manipulation, and the heavy pixelation of an already distorted view. The freezing in time of beauty, caught at an awkward moment stolen out of context only to be reinterpreted on a large scale for amusement of the detached.

Oppobrium, 2008
December 10th- January 10th, 2009 at Adobe books
A re-imagining of 1969’s “Vogue’s Book of Etiquette and Good Manners.”
The original book is taken apart and scanned using several machines at one time to create an exact copy of the original text. Using Optical Character Recognition, or OCR, Nichols replaced every fourth word with “pussy.” The result is less a book and more a work of Art -- something that could not and should not be read cover to cover, but enjoyed as a prank or gag.

Currently residing 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. Most recently he was awarded the Juror's Pick at the ArtHouse Film Festival in 2009 for his video entitled "BATTLESTATIONS!!"

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Wed Oct 29, 2008 00:00 - Wed Oct 29, 2008

The relaunch of Deconstructivist Artist, Toban Nichols website at an all new address.

New simpler design,
brand new bodies of video, print and installation work... please have a visit.



MONOBANDES / Exposition vidéo

Fri Oct 24, 2008 00:00 - Thu Oct 23, 2008

Les Territoires Gallery, Montreal presents,

MONOBANDES / Video exhibition

October 24 to November 11, 2008
Vernissage: Saturday, October 25 2008, 4 to 7 pm

Curated by the team of Les Territoires, Monobandes is a group exhibition featuring of 24 national and international video artists. After receiving an outstanding number of submissions, Les Territoires has selected 27 videos, that collectively offer a new perspectives on the contemporary video art practices. Divided into four different programs, the goal of the exhibition Monobandes is to create an exchange between artists and diverse artistic approaches.

Toban Nichols / San Francisco.
Alyssa Andrews / Montreal.
Sarah Bronsard / Montreal.
Hoping Chen / U.K.
Micheline Durocher / Montreal.
Emilie Franceschin / Toulouse.
Erika Kierulf / Montreal.

Vincent Lafrance / Montreal.
Antti Laitinen / Finland.
Frédéric Lavoie / Montreal.
Robert Lendrum / Toronto.
Jacinthe Lessard / Montreal.
Michael Markowsky / Los Angeles.

Helena Martin Franco / Montreal.
Christoph Oertli / Brussels.
Robert Pearre / New York.
Laurent Pernot / Paris.
Gautam Rao / Indianapolis.

Meera Margaret Singh / Montreal.
Anita Schoepp / Montreal .
Catherine Tremblay / Montreal.
Natalia Valencia / Montreal .
Deke Weaver / Illinois .
Karen Zalamea / Montreal.


ITCH Magazine- Issue e2

Thu Oct 23, 2008 00:00 - Thu Oct 23, 2008

New Zealand

Itch Magazine's long-awaited * issue is now live.

Featuring 60 contributions that explore various nuances and interpretations of this rather pornographic little symbol, it consists of poetry and experimental writing, audio artworks, short films, book reviews, essays and short stories, as well as photography, drawings and graphic work.

Staying true to its "South African roots, international relevance" vision, the issue features work from a variety of established and up-and-coming South African and international creative minds.

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Wed Aug 13, 2008 00:00 - Wed Aug 13, 2008

New Video by Toban Nichols

SAN FRANCISCO-- Toban Nichols presents a new video work entitled "BATTLESTATIONS!!".
Debuting exclusively on the internet embedded in six popular networking sites with a
high quality version playing at the artist's website:

Starring vocal talent Lesley Staples, veteran British actress and co-star of the film Calendar Girls opposite Helen Mirren. And featuring the legendary local personality Renttecca as "The Brightly Colored Block".

Invited to describe “BATTLESTATIONS!!”, Glen Helfand writes…

“Battlestations!,!” the latest work of digital video by Toban Nichols, is a collision of modern fairy tale and found digital debris. With colorful, abstract visuals and voice over, this short movie points to the idea that there are salient, picaresque narratives, and anthropomorphic characters that can be excavated from the video ether.

Extending a throwaway snippet of found footage—degraded digital noise on an old VHS tape— Nichols reveals visually provocative material in the form of vibrantly hued pixels that invade an expanse of blue. This monochromatic expanse, the dulcet toned, British accented female narrator informs us, is a fictional landscape populated by calm folk. They’re bedazzled by the arrival of brightly colored pixels, who for all intents and purposes, act like aggressive developers.

They insert saloons, espresso bars, parking garages and flavored gelatin outlets into the minimalist expanse.
War erupts, and storybook land is infused with whiff of cartoon computer game violence. “Battlestations!!”
is informed, in equal measures, by fairy tale theater, classic computer games and color field painting.
It’s ultimately a media critique in which pixels come alive and reality, in the guise of barely visible
footage of urban settings, struggles for recognition. Nothing is quite what it seems.

The video can be seen in it’s entirety for 2 full weeks, at the following online locations
before moving on to PixelPops 2008, Metafest and the Disposable Film Festival.
To view the video in it’s entirety, visit any of the sites listed below.'robotobe'