The Studio Work Blogspot: "Val Britton // Studio Visit"

Elise Morris, October 28, 2015

KQED Arts: "Art that Makes Missing Your Flight OK"

Sarah Hotchkiss, October 7, 2015

Harper's Magazine: "Retrograde by Val Britton"

from the October 2015 issue

SF Gate: "25 years of turning garbage into art"

Kimberly Chun, August 13, 2015

Artillery: "Val Britton: Gallery Wendi Norris / San Francisco"

Barbara Morris, September 2, 2014

The Morning News: "The Shape of Paper to Come"

Rosecrans Baldwin, August 11, 2014

San Francisco Chronicle: "Exhibits of work by Gyorgy Kepes, Val Britton"

Kenneth Baker, July 25, 2014

Artsy Editorial: "After Tackling Facebook's HQ, Artist Val Britton's Star is on the Rise"

Tess Thakara, July 24, 2014

SFAQ: "Review: Val Britton, 'Passage' at Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco"

Lani Asher, July 15, 2014

Art Republik: "Maps"

Sarah Chen, July 15, 2014

Squarecylinder: "Artist Profile: Val Britton"

David M. Roth, July 14, 2014

Arwxrk: "Val Britton"

June 21, 2014

Venison Magazine: "Traversing Abstraction"

Adriana Villagran, June 16, 2014

artdaily: "Val Britton's first solo exhibition at Gallery Wendi Norris opens in San Francisco"

June 11, 2014

Huffington Post: "Cartographia: Artifacts of a Creative Journey," Torrance Art Museum

James Scarborough, June 10, 2014

The Culture Trip: "ArtInternational 2013: Chronicling Istanbul's New International Art Fair"

Arie Amaya-Akkermans, September 19, 2013

Squarecylinder: "Journey Forth: Contemporary Landscape @ Wendi Norris"

David M. Roth, August 19, 2013

San Francisco Chronicle: "'Journey Forth': Maps inspire abstract works"

Kimberly Chun, August 1, 2013

Visual Art Source: "Journey Forth"

DeWitt Cheng, August 2013

Laguna Beach magazine: "Un-dimensional: Dutch painter Jan Maarten and San Francisco-based collage artist Val Britton go beyond bridging the gap between two and three dimensions: They make the gap virtually irrelevant"

Hannah Ostrow, June 2013

Design Milk: "Terra Incognita by Val Britton"

Caroline Williamson, June 12, 2013

art ltd. magazine: "Profile: Val Britton"

Cherie Louise Turner, May 2013

Huffington Post: "Val Britton on the ImageBlog"

April 30, 2013

Squarecylinder: "Val Britton at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art"

David M. Roth, April 30, 2013

San Francisco Arts Quarterly: "Millenial Abstractions" at the office of the Marin Community Foundation

Leora Lutz, April 2013

Art Animal: "Val Britton's Language of Maps"

Elizabeth Coleman, March 20, 2013

Art Practical Issue 4.7: "The Continental Interior"

Michele Carlson, January 2013 SF Artist Val Britton's "Continental Interior" Installation Comes to Civic Center's SFAC Gallery

Alex Bigman, November 14, 2012

In the Make: Studio visits with artists and designers

Words by Nikki Grattan, photos by Klea McKenna, June 2012

Serafina Magazine

Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 2012 PDF

KQED Arts: "Recology San Francisco Enables Artists to 'Make Art, Not Landfill'"

Christian L. Frock, January 20, 2012

Village Voice: "Live: Man Forever and People of the North Plant the Flag at Secret Project Robot"

Jesse Jarnow, January 17, 2012

Stories Taking Place: Intersection for the Arts at "the hinge"

Produced by the SF Digital Film School, December 15, 2011

Art Practical Issue 3.6: "Here Be Dragons: Mapping Information and Imagination"

Zachary Royer Scholz, December 2011

Square Cylinder: "Dragons @ Intersection for the Arts"

David M. Roth, November 16, 2011 : "ArtCam: Here Be Dragons: Mapping Information and Imagination, Intersection for the Arts"

DeWitt Cheng, November 13, 2011

Cover art for "The Book of What Stays"

The Book of What Stays

James Crews, Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, available September 2011
University of Nebraska Press

Elephant: The Arts & Visual Culture Magazine

Issue 7, Summer 2011

East Bay Express: "Life of the World to Come: Chase the Tear"

DeWitt Cheng, June 29, 2011

Earthbound Moon: "Speculative world 2"

Lee Pembleton, June 1, 2011

California College of the Arts News: "Seeking Epiphany"

Lindsey Westbrook, May 9, 2011

The Bulletin (Bend, Oregon): "Caldera Arts Center: Saturday Open Studio event gives the public a glimpse of artists' work"

David Jasper, January 21, 2011
See photos by Rob Kerr

On Earth: "VIDEO: Art at the Dump: From Trash to Treasure"

Erika Brekke, November 17, 2010

The Sheridan Press: "'Jentel Presents' set for Tuesday"

October 29, 2010

Associated Press : "Dumpster divas practice art of recycling"

Michelle Locke, October 5, 2010

Casper Star-Tribune : "Exhibit celebrates 30 years of the Ucross Foundation"

Kristy Gray, October 1, 2010

Way Out West News: "Where art meets recycling"

Alison Hawkes, September 16, 2010

East Bay Express : "End Products at Kala"

DeWitt Cheng, August 11-17, 2010

Artillery: "Bring It On Home: Los Angeles Art Outside the White Cube"

Anne Martens, Nov./Dec. 2009

The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography

The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography

Katharine Harmon, available September 23, 2009
Princeton Architectural Press

Invisible City Issue 05: Mapping

Invisible City Issue 05: Mapping

September 2009 - Download PDF (8.8 MB)
Visit the Invisible City website

Cartographic Diaries

Kris Vagner, June 8, 2009

East Bay Express : Babel-icious: Four artists explore medium and message in Echo Fields

DeWitt Cheng, June 3, 2009

SFMOMA Open Space: Johansson Projects: Val Britton, Michael Meyers, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy

Anuradha Vikram, May 29, 2009

Sprayblog: Spraygraphic Interview with Artist Val Britton

May 27, 2009

My Certain Fate: Artist Interviews

Timothy Buckwalter, May 2009

Artweek: Collective Compulsions

David Buuck, April 2009

Salt Lake City Fine Arts Examiner: ASSASSINATION: Val Britton, Artist Represented by Johansson Projects

Qi Peng, March 8, 2009

Oakbook: The Month Ahead in Oakland Art

Theo Konrad Auer, February 5, 2009

Oakbook: Oakland to Miami

Theo Konrad Auer, December 23, 2008

Sleek Magazine 21, Local/Global

Sleek Magazine 21 - Local/Global Sleek Magazine 21 - Local/Global Sleek Magazine 21 - Local/Global

A Concise Cartographical Atlas of the World and other Spheres

Val Britton
At frst glance, Val Britton’s maps look as though they document the correct borders of real countries. But they’re actually journeys through her memories - some intact, some fragmented, some marked by incisions - inspired by the longing to connect to her father; an eternal traveller, driving his truck through the endless expanses of the United States.

Winter 2008/09

New American Paintings, Book #79

New American Paintings, Book #79

Principal Juror - Rita Gonzalez, Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2008 Pacific Coast Edition (released December 2008)

Shotgun Review: There's No Place Like Here

One such work is Val Britton's work Continental Drift. Constructed using ink, graphite, tape, and paper, this sprawling collaged and incised expanse occupies one of the biggest walls I have ever seen outside of a museum. The size of the towering wall heightens the delicacy and fragility of the marks that congeal within the work into vaguely felt landmasses of memory. The logic of mapping structures this work, but rather than expressing concrete features of a intelligible landscape, Britton's work uses mapping to explore ephemeral regions of memory and speculation. Britton has expressed that this work, and the body of work to which this piece belongs, spring from her longing to connect to her father, a long haul truck driver who died more than a decade ago. The longing for this connection has poured itself into the work through her desire to find the past and fill in the parts she says she can never know. The restive voids in Britton's work are filled with a seductive mystery similar to the blank spaces at the edges of old maps. As specific as Britton's impetus for these works may be, they ask for no explanation. The honesty and earnestness of her seeking imbues the work with a force and structure that sends us each down our own half remembered paths of meaning and memory until they fade away into the unrecoverable.

Zachary Scholz, December 4, 2007

The Artful Home: Val Britton

I was transfixed by her delicately traced and layered, softly stained, and intricately cut and stitched paper map collages, which seemed to evoke some strange, unknown -- and unknowable -- geography.

Leah Hennen, November 2, 2007

Shotgun Review: Excavations

And Val Britton’s walls. Her large-scale maps of her deceased father’s truck routes are, in the end, anything but mournful. Breaking from the traditional dependence on topographical ring work to provide movement, she’s able to elicit a deeply believable and somehow constant chaotic throbbing by way of slashes and physical overlay. They may have arisen from the static Rand McNally, but these beautified renderings of that lonesome profession seem less like maps than stories from daughter to absent father. While successfully holding entire rooms captive, it is in the lure of their three-dimensional detail that they are able to seduce the audience into their both bold and intricate narratives, marked by monumental lines and frail continents.

Chaz Reetz-Laiolo, June 11, 2007

ON THE LEVEL / ‘Excavations’ / New Oakland gallery displays ‘magical mix’ of emerging and established artists

Other pieces include Misa Inaoka’s “Moss Ceiling” (which will be a permanent installation), Jana Flynn’s sewn paper and canvas collages, Mark Brest van Kempen’s models of future park projects, and Val Britton’s maps. “She (Britton) does these incredible works with paper,” Johansson says. “Her father was a truck driver, and in memory of him she wanted to put his truck routes onto maps. She works very large – she's done 10 feet by 10 feet collages of map and paper.”

Reyhan Harmanci, San Francisco Chronicle, May 10, 2007

Out of Time - Time Lines at Mina Dresden

The Earth explodes in the delicate art of Val Britton. In such works as Continental Drift, the artist cuts and colors large sheets of paper, filling expanses with chaotic lines and abstract shapes, contradicting the immeasurable forces of the Earth ripping itself apart with the frailty of her medium. Her point – that our world is as impermanent as a page of loose leaf – makes her a natural for the group show “Time Lines,” in which 11 artists “represent, chart, navigate, and deconstruct concepts of time.”

Michael Leaverton, SF Weekly, February 9, 2007

SF #249: Cover Design Credit

Flavorpill, February 2007

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