Untitled Portrait

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.