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


7x7.com: 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


DeWittCheng.com : "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
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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

Appendix
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
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SF #249: Cover Design Credit

Flavorpill, February 2007
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