When You Cut into the Present the Future Leaks Out

Adam Helms is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His work encompasses drawing, printmaking, sculpture, assemblage, and archival research, often addressing the American frontier and the iconography of marginalized social and political groups.

Helms is interested in visual archetypes that are employed in various historical periods, by diverse populations, and in the service of seemingly divergent ideological ends. “I think of myself as an ethnographer,” Helms says. “I am interested in the ethos of violence, the romanticization of extremist ideology, and linking issues from our political past with contemporary events.”