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Val Britton
updated: 06/17/2013
website: www.valbritton.com/
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Celestial Wanderings
International Dateline
Transected Plan
Sister Ship
Outlier
Unfolding Field
Collapsible City
The Elsewhere of Another World
The Continental Interior
The Continental Interior
The Continental Interior (detail 1)
The Continental Interior (detail 2)
Fractured Plain
Reverberation #5
Tracks
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, mapping, diagrammatic, meditative, memory, process, craft, gestural, landscape, psychological
 
 
Celestial Wanderings by Val Britton
Celestial Wanderings
Watercolor, ink, graphite, and collage on paper
2013
52" x  52" 
International Dateline by Val Britton
International Dateline
Graphite, ink, watercolor, acrylic, acrylic gouache, and collage on paper
2013
72" x  96" 
Transected Plan by Val Britton
Transected Plan
graphite, ink, watercolor, acrylic, tempera, and collage on paper
2012
59" x  57" 
Sister Ship by Val Britton
Sister Ship
Ink, watercolor, collage, and hand cut paper
2013
72" x  60" 
Outlier by Val Britton
Outlier
Watercolor, ink, and collage on paper
2013
72" x  72" 
Unfolding Field by Val Britton
Unfolding Field
Graphite, ink, watercolor, and collage on paper
2013
52" x  72" 
Collapsible City by Val Britton
Collapsible City
graphite, ink, tempera, and collage on paper
2012
72" x  84" 
The Elsewhere of Another World by Val Britton
The Elsewhere of Another World
Graphite, ink, and collage on vintage paper
2013
22.25" x  33" 
The Continental Interior by Val Britton
The Continental Interior
Site-specific mixed media installation of hand cut paper, ink, tempera, and thread
2013
Dimensions variable
The Continental Interior by Val Britton
The Continental Interior
Site-specific mixed media installation of 450 pieces of hand cut paper, ink, tempera, and thread
2012
Dimensions variable
The Continental Interior (detail 1) by Val Britton
The Continental Interior (detail 1)
Site-specific mixed media installation of 450 pieces of hand cut paper, ink, tempera, and thread
2012
Dimensions variable
The Continental Interior (detail 2) by Val Britton
The Continental Interior (detail 2)
Site-specific mixed media installation of 450 pieces of hand cut paper, ink, tempera, and thread
2012
Dimensions variable
Fractured Plain by Val Britton
Fractured Plain
Graphite, ink, watercolor, gouache, and collage on paper
2013
28" x  28" 
Reverberation #5 by Val Britton
Reverberation #5
Graphite, ink, watercolor, and collage on paper
2013
22" x  22" 
Tracks by Val Britton
Tracks
Graphite, ink, tempera, and collage on paper
2013
52" x  52" 

Artist Statement

My immersive, collaged works on paper draw on the language of maps. Much of my work has been influenced by a longing to connect to my father, a long haul cross-country truck driver and mechanic who passed away when I was young. Based on road maps of the United States, routes my father often traveled, and an invented conglomeration, fragmentation, and abstraction of those passageways, my works on paper help me piece together the past and make up the parts I cannot know.

These mixed media abstractions map not only physical locations but also psychological and emotional spaces. Collage, drawing, painting, staining, printing, and cutting paper have become my methods for navigating the blurry terrain of memory and imagination. I am interested in the space between two- and three-dimensions, and I have been exploring this through experiments in installation, manipulating the sculptural potential of paper. Recently, using recycled materials in an effort to reduce my environmental impact has informed my work in unexpected ways, imbuing it with unknown histories.

An ongoing concern is how to push the language of abstraction in order to create a visceral sense of movement through space and an emotional impact. I am interested in exploring the tension between chaos and imposed order, the concrete and the imaginary, the known and unknown. Mapping serves as a metaphor for searching, an implication of the unknown in wide, open spaces, and a trace of how we see where we’ve been.

Artist Bio / CV

Val Britton
Born in Livingston, NJ
Lives and works in San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

2006 MFA, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
1999 BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

SELECTED SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2013 Cosmology, Foley Gallery, New York, NY

Terra Incognita, CES Contemporary, Laguna Beach, CA 

Intimate Immensity, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA 

2012 The Continental Interior, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Kala Art Institute: Val Britton, Addison Street Window Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Infinite Loop, Secret Project Robot Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2010 Index to Selected Stars, Recology, San Francisco, CA

2009 The Echo Fields, Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013 Journey Forth, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco, CA

The Art of Recology, SFO Museum, San Francisco, CA

Are We Where Yet? A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2012 Disposable Culture, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC

2011 Here Be Dragons: Mapping Information and Imagination, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA 

SLASH: An International Survey of Contemporary Collage, CES Contemporary, Laguna Beach, CA  

2010 Mapping: Memory and Motion in Contemporary Art, Katonah Museum, NY

Ucross, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY

2009 All Over the Map, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI 

2008 Road Trip, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

SELECTED GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, & RESIDENCIES

2014 Residency, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE

2012 Public Art Commission for SFO, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA

Visiting Artist Residency, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2011 Residency, Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY

Residency, Caldera, Sisters, OR

2010 Grant, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, NY, NY

Residency, Jentel Artist Residency Program, Banner, WY

Residency, Recology, San Francisco, CA

2009 Fellowship, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

Residency, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR 

Residency, Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY

2006-08 Affiliate Artist Program, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA