Adam Helms visited Highpoint Editions in February 2008. With the support of Master Printer Cole Rogers, Senior Printer Zac Adams-Bliss and Studio Intern David Stordahl, he created Untitled, a new etching that furthers his investigation of guerrilla warfare, rebellion and radical ideology. At its center, Helms has combined the face of pro-Confederate guerilla leader “Bloody Bill” Anderson with Che Guevara’s well-known image. Untitled was produced as a direct gravure, a type of etching in which a drawing is transferred to a photosensitized surface, bit with acid and then printed. Here, Helms’ hand drawing of Anderson and Guevara is collé printed in black ink on delicate gampi paper, which is simultaneously bonded to a sturdier backing paper.
Adam Helms lives and works in New York. He has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from Yale University’s School of Art. Helms received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in 2005, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Grant Award in 2006, and was a 2007 artist-in-residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX. He has had solo exhibitions at Marianne Boesky in New York, Sister Gallery in Los Angeles, World Class Boxing in Miami and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. He has also participated in group exhibitions at White Columns, New York; Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX; Alexandre Pollazzon Ltd., London; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Helms’ work has been placed in the collections of the Walker Art Center, the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum and the Dakis Joannou Collection.
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