Helmut Hammen currently lives and works between Phoenix, AZ and Chicago, IL.  

Helmut is a conceptual artist whose work draws from cultural iconography and minimalist principles.  The montage of technical painting and sculptural techniques produces a grand image that traverses historical contexts and adopts emotional effects through its natural motifs.  He uses an array of textures and unconventional materials simultaneously with appropriated imagery.  His current project, Vermiculus, is referential of the structural markings made by wormlike organisms within organic material.  This work asserts the deadpan sculptural surface of the paintings by subtly revealing specific symbols, lending itself to ephemeral interpretations within the void color space.