Monique McIntosh, February 28, 2018
Today’s modern maps may have everything plotted to perfection, but the allure of parts unknown still lives on for artist Val Britton.
Inspired by cartography, her paper collage paintings and installations imagine an expressionistic take on the open road, conflating highways and constellations. “I like to tease out the language of maps and interpret it in my own hand,” says Britton.
We spoke with the San Francisco artist about what makes her tick — from her city’s geographical quirks, to the endless joy of paper.
Katharine Schwab, April 12, 2018
The pay gap is real and persistent. One way to begin the process of eliminating the disparities between how men and women and white and nonwhite people are paid is to collect data–something that the U.K. recently mandated for all companies with more than 250 employees. Once there’s data, and companies recognize that they have a problem, they can take active steps to pay women and people of color more.
But understanding the emotional toll the pay gap takes on women doesn’t just require science: It needs art as well. Using data about the pay gap in the tech industry from the recruiting startup Hired, a new installation at the Minnesota Street Project art space in San Francisco tackles the pay gap using a swirling cloud of abstract shapes. It was created by the Bay Area-based artist Val Britton, who was formerly Facebook’s artist-in-residence, and it includes a 3D installation that takes up the entire space, and two 2D collages on the walls.
Artist feature in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine.
Collapsible City featured in Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine.
Scott Thorp, October 8, 2016
Microclimates of nostalgia and exploration is how I describe the installations of Val Britton. Her complex work is composed of collaged paper forms floating and curving through space like weather patterns guided by gossamer tethers. In our discussion, Val openly comments on the evolution of her work and the relevance of maps as a key component in her artistic endeavors.
79 page catalog including an essay by Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director of the Jewish Museum, and an interview by Trevor Paglen, artist, geographer, and author.
Publication © 2016 Gallery Wendi Norris
Elise Morris, October 28, 2015
Sarah Hotchkiss, October 7, 2015
At the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) strives to make a traveler’s time spent in the airport a little less chaotic and little more contemplative, thanks to artworks funded by the city’s percent-for-art program, San Francisco’s mandate that a public building project expend two percent of its construction cost towards public art.
Kimberly Chun, August 13, 2015
Long before high-low entered the cultural lexicon, and reclaimed wood and recycled metal became common design features, Recology San Francisco was helping artists salvage society’s rejects from the Dumpster of trash culture.