Val Britton


Holographic Sky

San Francisco Arts Education Project (SFArtsED)
Minnesota Street Project
1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Exhibition dates: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023 – Saturday, January 27, 2024

Opening Reception and Live Auction: Saturday, Dec. 2, 4 - 7pm

Gazing at the sky is a visceral and ancient method of inquiry, for reasons both practical (storms ahead?) and profound. The shell of the sky that separates the earthly from the celestial is a portal to the fathomless unknown – a place that has been parsed and illuminated for millennia through the lenses of science, religion, poetry, and art. With the sky as jumping-off point, we’ve invited 20 visual artists- many of them current and former teachers with the San Francisco Arts Education Project- to share their visions of what resides above. All works are for sale, with proceeds to benefit SFArtsED’s educational programs and the artists in equal measure.

At the opening reception, five additional works will be offered in a live auction. We are honored that esteemed San Francisco gallerist (and longtime supporter) Catharine Clark will be our auctioneer. The exhibition continues in our gallery at Minnesota Street Project through January 27, 2024.

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San José Museum of Art
110 South Market Street
San José, CA 95113

Exhibition dates: Friday, Dec. 8, 2023 – Sunday, April 21, 2024

Member Preview: Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023

Opening Celebration: Friday, Dec. 8, 2023

The landscape of memory has shifted dramatically over the course of the Digital Age, marked by the ease and speed at which we can record, store, and share information. Encode/Store/Retrieve draws together artworks from SJMA’s collection to explore low-tech forms of memory production and provide strategies to grapple with the emerging issues of our growing digital archive.

Featured artists include Wallace Berman, Val Britton, Jim Campbell, Enrique Chagoya, Chryssa, Binh Danh, Steven Deo, Bruce Hasson, Xandra Ibarra, Dinh Q. Lê, Darlene Nguyen-Ely, Margaret Nielsen, Harold Paris, Beverly Rayner, Analia Saban, Katherine Sherwood, Rose B. Simpson, Stephanie Syjuco, Stella Waitzkin, Xiaoze Xie, and more.

Reclaimed: The Art of Recology

National tour: 2023-2026 in collaboration with the Bedford Gallery.

Visit Bedford Gallery / Art of Recology for more information.

Stauth Memorial Museum
Montezuma, KS
Sep. 30, 2023 – Jan. 14, 2024

Irving Archives and Museum
Irving, TX
Feb. 18 – April 30, 2024

ReBuilding Center Shed Talk featuring GLEAN Portland 2022 Artists

Please join ReBuilding Center’s Shed Talks for our panel discussion featuring GLEAN’s 2022 artists Val Britton, Mady Dubin, Anis Mojgani, Joshua Sin, and Ahuva S. Zaslavsky, with host Leslie Viegant. Panelists will explore themes including waste, consumption, ownership, and creative reuse in relation to their forthcoming work and GLEAN Portland residency experience.

Visit ReBuilding Center Shed Talks: a creative reuse seminar series for more information.

Glean Portland Annual Artist-in-Residence Exhibition

Please join us for our annual Artist-in-Residence Exhibition opening on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at Parallax Art Center. This exhibition will feature new works by our 2022 GLEAN artists Val Britton, Maddy Dubin, Anis Mojgani, Joshua Sin, and ahuva s. zaslavsky.

GLEAN is a juried art program that taps into the creativity of artists to inspire people to think about their consumption habits, the waste they generate, and the resources they throw away. With work made strictly with materials recovered from Portland's Metro Central Transfer Station—aka the dump—this residency is a true experiment and honoring of contemporary art in our city.

Opening Reception
Thursday, February 2, 2023 | 5:00-8:00 pm

Exhibition Dates
February 2–March 11, 2023

Parallax Art Center, 516 NW 14th Ave., Portland, OR, 97209

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Headlands Center for the Arts Benefit Art Auction

Opening Celebration: May 20, 6–9PM Free with reservation

Exhibition: May 21–30, 11AM–6PM; May 31, 11AM–2PM

Free and open to the public

The Store House and Gallery 308 at Fort Mason
2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco CA

Visit for more information, tickets and reservations, and to register to bid.

Power On: Southern Exposure's Annual Art Auction

Saturday, April 23, 2022, 6:00 PM

Come see the preview exhibition for POWER ON, Southern Exposure’s Annual Benefit Art Auction! This is your chance to check out the art in person before our main event on April 23. Make an appointment to view here. And if you’re looking for the VIP experience, get a ticket to this Thursday's VIP Event, where you can enjoy food and drinks among the artworks of so many of the Bay Area’s most exciting artists. You can start bidding on artworks now when you register online.

TICKETS: Online at or call 415.863.2141 x105

$250+ Host Packages $175 VIP + Main Event Ticket $100 Main Event Ticket $0-75 Livestream Event Ticket*

*If you’re unable to join us in person, we welcome you to support us with a sliding scale ticket to our Livestream Event! Purchase a ticket for $25 or more and you'll get a limited-edition SoEx fanny pack!

LOCATION: Southern Exposure 3030 20th Street San Francisco, CA 94110


6:00 PM Doors Open

7:30 PM Live Auction

8:30 PM Silent Auction begins to close

Val Britton: Impressions of Time

May 11 — July 17, 2021

Gallery Wendi Norris Online

Val Britton collects, cuts, paints, pastes, folds, and layers paper. Her practice is fundamentally tactile and reflects a long commitment to her medium. Originally trained as a printmaker, Britton meticulously builds paint and collage layers to create depth in her compositions with contrasting materials and techniques.

Impressions of Time, a video recently shot in Britton’s Portland, Oregon studio, provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of her newest body of work and the most in-depth look into her process to date. These ten square compositions, part of her decade-long Reverberations series, capture the plurality of her approach to the medium of paper. Britton acts upon her surfaces in dynamic fashion, from the gestural painting and staining process to the meticulous work of cutting shapes out of and into the material. The process becomes a constant negotiation of adding and subtracting in order to both fill space and create it. “The work holds an impression of time, and those layers get built up from back to front,” says Britton.

Through a formal language rooted in mapping, including loosely interpreted continents, networks, and constellations, Britton’s visual lexicon is both familiar and illegible. The works, as a result, offer a gesture of invitation without prescribing any particular, worldly destination. “Ultimately, I am trying to make intangible experiences visual through this intense layering and physicality of material.”

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Counter Mapping

October 16, 2021 — January 22, 2022

516 ARTS / 516 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico

516 ARTS will present an exhibition and public programs on the subject of map art, with a focus on “counter mapping.” Conventional Western mapping has been historically used to track, register, and achieve land appropriation and exploitation. Today, with processes such as gerrymandering, mapping still has an important role in the current political, social, and cultural systems. “Counter mapping” refers to efforts to map against dominant power structures. The concept for the exhibition is to investigate how different ways of tracking and mapping affect the meanings and perceptions of places, and to reflect upon the power structures that define those representations. The exhibition will critically engage with historical forms of mapping and the elements of power and culture that characterized them.

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Reclaimed: The Art of Recology

July 1 — October 17, 2021

Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts / 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA

In collaboration with the Recology Artist in Residence (AIR) Program, Bedford Gallery presents a breathtaking survey of artists who have had the opportunity to participate in the program. Operating with the belief that art plays a unique role in educating and inspiring the public, Recology—San Francisco’s recycling and composting company—provides Bay Area artists with access to discarded materials via coveted scavenging privileges, a stipend, and studio space at the San Francisco Transfer Station and Recycling Center. This special exhibition of work created from unwanted materials encourages us to see our “trash” in a new light and reflect on our own consumption practices in a time of heightened concern and awareness for the future of our planet.

Since its founding in 1990, over 150 professional artists and 50 college student artists have completed residencies “at the dump.” The facility is a 47-acre site that includes the trash transfer station, the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, the Organics Wing, the Public Reuse and Recycling Area ("the dump"), and other recycling areas.

Participating Artists: Tamara Albaitis, Kathy Aoki, Michael Arcega, Miguel Arzabe, Terry Berlier, Val Britton, Beau Buck, Ed Clapp, Lauren DiCioccio, Ricki Dwyer, Rodney Ewing, Mike Farruggia, Amy Wilson Faville, Julia Goodman, Nemo Gould, Jeff Hantman, Jamil Hellu, David Hevel, Barbara Holmes, D. Cherie Johnson, Andrew Junge, Cathy Lu, Kara Maria, Mansur Nurullah, Ramekon O'Arwisters, Jenny Odell, Scott Oliver, Kari Orvik, Erik Otto, Alison Pebworth, Yulia Pinkusevich, Ferris Plock, Genevieve Quick, Nicole Repack & Isis Rodriguez, Kate Rhoades, Leah Rosenberg, James Sansing, Kathy Sirico, Chris Sollars, Stephanie Syjuco, Weston Teruya, Shushan Tesfuzigta, Sherri Lynn Wood, Victor Yañez-Lazcano, Imin Yeh.

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