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Adam Helms

VISITING AN ARTIST’S STUDIO for the first time is a lot like going on a blind date. One of the surest points of entry is to scan the walls to see what has been tacked up––postcards, posters, newspaper clippings, art reproductions. Within seconds you might absorb enough information to at least hold your own. In the case of Adam Helms, you hit the ground running, armed with a head full of images and associations: photographs of Chechen guerrillas, Cuban revolutionaries, and guys in fatigues playing war games; stills from Dead Man and The Night of the Hunter; pictures showing the surrender of Geronimo and majesty of the American West; a cover of Soldier of Fortune magazine and a portrait of Joseph Conrad; images of dead bandits that helped enforce late-nineteenth-century notions of “frontier justice”; and the famous photo of a murdered Che Guevara. Invited by curator Doryun Chong to take part

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