Niche.LA presents Retrow // Censorial

curated by Nic Cha Kim

LOS ANGELES, CA – On April 13, 2006 (12:00PM – 9:00PM), Niche.LA presents “Retrow // Censorial,” curated by Nic Cha Kim, featuring new work by Osman Khan and digital animation by Tawd b. Dorenfeld & thePOLYMORPHCrew.

“Retrow /” returns many artists previously exhibited at Niche.LA since the July 2005 opening. Participating artists include John Edward Faulkner, J. Joseph Mahoney, Kjell Hagen, and Rex Bruce.


“/ Censorial” explores ideologically grounded acts of censorship seen from 3 groups: Radical Islam, Neo-Christian Conservatists, and the Chinese government. Featuring new work by Osman Khan, the show comprises of (3) physical sculptures called Weapons for Ideological Warfare and a screening of a censored version of the Best Picture Academy Award winning movie, “Crash,” edited to conform to the ideologies eschewed.

Osman Khan uses technology to construct artifacts and experiences intended for social criticism and aesthetic expression. Osman’s work explores certain themes to see how technology fabricates and subverts our understanding of identity, communication, and public space through interactive installations and site-specific interventions.

Tawd b. Dorenfeld is an independent LA filmmaker who has developed an animated series for Dreamworks SKG, designed the photo-collages for the companion book to Mike Paxton’s Academy Award-nominated documentary “Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life,” and directed music videos for artists such as The Offspring and Zap Mama & Erykah Badu. For “/ Censorial,” Tawd showcases his unique style of Stream-Of-Conscious Polymorphic Animation through a series of animations made from digital photography.

Situated in the heart of Gallery Row on the 4th floor of the Spring Arts Tower, Niche.LA is a dedicated mixed-media/digital art gallery and private 18-seat screening room. Located at 453 S. Spring St. #441, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (, Niche.LA is operated by Nic Cha Kim. Nic also serves as President/Co-Founder of Gallery Row Organization (GRO) and Resident Producer of Lodestone Theatre Ensemble.

“Retrow // Censorial” – curated by Nic Cha Kim.
453 S. Spring St. #441, Los Angeles, CA 90013
April 13th & May 11th, 12:00 – 9:00PM
April 22nd, 12:00 – 6:00PM
Additional viewings by appointment only
(213) 247-0002

Nic Cha Kim

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