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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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'



Fri Jun 27, 2008 00:00 - Fri Jun 27, 2008

coming a web portal right in front of your face


new video and print work

Tue Apr 15, 2008 00:00 - Tue Apr 15, 2008, website for the Deconstructivist artist Toban Nichols has been updated
with new Video clips, new Documentation photos of his last two installations
and a new set of Printwork.

Also, a sneak peak on the home page at the first in a line of new object-based prints!