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WOW MOM, by video artist Brian Bress (Courtesy of
WOW MOM, by video artist Brian Bress (Courtesy of

A Norfolk native will debut a new piece of video art at the Chrysler Museum of Art next month, one with an interesting back story.

Los Angeles resident Brian Bress will reveal a mysterious character in his piece at the Chrysler, located at 1 Memorial Place. The installation, Man with a Cigarette, will run from Sept. 15 through Feb. 19, with free admission.

Bress was inspired by a thrift-store drawing of a man, who was wearing a hat like a fedora, a wide tie and a jacket with wide lapels, according to a release. The pen-and-ink illustration demonstrated a variety of techniques, such as hatch marks, shading and pointillist dots; Bress viewed it as a “love letter to drawing,” the release said. 

Visitors to the museum can meet Bress in person on Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m., when he is scheduled to give a free talk about his work.

The Chrysler is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. There is no charge for admission.