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Located on Freemason St. —
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Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Barry Arts Building at 4600 Monarch Way —
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Moses Myers House

The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
More about the house

About the Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Art Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

Willoughby-Baylor House

Completed in 1794, this former home now presents a mix of art and artifacts. See what's on view

Located in Norfolk

One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
Get Directions

While You're Here

Visit our Museum Shop
and the Wisteria Cafe.

Moses Myers House

The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum, offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
More about the house

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

Willoughby-Baylor House

Completed in 1794, this building was the long-time home of the Norfolk History Museum. No we present a mix of art and artifacts. More about the house

Weddings & Event Rentals

The perfect place for your big day or special event. Get the details

Take a tour

We offer a number of tours on different topics. More about tours

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Visit one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

About the Chrysler

Our story spans well over 100 years. See where we began, how we grew, and where we're going. Explore our history

News and Announcements

See what's happening at the Museum, read Chrysler Magazine, and find our Media Center. Read now

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745 Duke Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-333-6299

Always Free Parking

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Third Thursdays

Live art performances monthly.
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Studio Team

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Vestibule 102

Work from local artists and studio assistants.
See what's on view now

The Masterpiece Society

Learn about this innovative group of museum supporters.
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ArtExhibitionsPast

In The Box: Brian Bress

On View

September 15, 2016 — May 7, 2017

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Past Exhibition

Born and raised in Norfolk and now based in Los Angeles, Brian Bress honed an early interest in art with classes at the Governor’s School for the Arts, the d’Art Center, and what’s known today as Virginia MOCA.

He attended the Rhode Island School of Design to study illustration, concentrating on video and animation, and he focused on painting while studying for a MFA at UCLA.

His work will be featured in two separate galleries. WOWMOM, shown above, can be seen in our McKinnon Galleries of Modern and Contemporary Art. Anchoring the end of Gallery 224, WOMWOM plays with the “fourth wall” of perception. A glorious mountain landscape is actually being cut apart from behind by curious creatures with power tools. Bress described the work as “playing around with the illusion of putting a figure inside a flat glowing box.” At some point, the feelings seem reversed; you’re not watching the artwork, the creatures inside the art are watching you.

Brian Bress, Man with Cigarette
A video still from Brian Bress, Man with Cigarette,, 2016. High-definition four-channel video (color), four high-definition monitors and players, wall-mounted and framed. On loan from the artist and Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles.
Brian Bress speaking to a Kaufman Theater crowd on opening night.
Brian Bress speaking to a Kaufman Theater crowd on opening night.

His work in The Box, Man With Cigarette, began with a pen-and-ink drawing Bress found in a thrift store. It depicted a man wearing a fedora and a jacket with wide lapels. The unknown artist used an array of techniques—from hatch marks and ragged shading to pointillistic dots and checkerboard patterns—and Bress said it seemed as if “the drawing was an artist’s love letter to drawing.”

For this four-part video wall, Bress meticulously sculpted the hand-drawn man as a larger-than-life-sized costume. In a symphony of slow, coordinated movements, Bress’ creation heightens a sense of the uncanny, and draws in the viewer while challenging basic assumptions of space and time. It’s a single image with breaks between the monitors, but thanks to the clever choreography, the breaks themselves became part of the overall concept. What should be an illustration of the limits of tecnhology, the edge of the screen, becomes a structural strength of the work that offers surprises along the way.

This is the first time Bress has created a larger-than-life, full-figure portrait, and as an extra tip in the appreciation of this piece, when it comes to Man With Cigarette, pay attention to the cigarette and the length of the ash as a measure of time.

These works will be on view from Sept. 15, 2016, through May 7, 2017.

For more on the work of this innovative young artist, see www.brianbress.com.

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