The Hélio-centricities series was originally produced while Burr was in residency at Auroras for his 2019 solo exhibition in São Paulo. The exhibition subsequently travelled and was presented at Parque Lage Visual Art School, Rio de Janeiro. Hélio-centricities (New York) marks the first time the works have been exhibited in the United States.
During his time in São Paulo, Burr formed a narrative composed of three characters reflected throughout the final project – himself, Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980), and the Auroras building where Burr resided and eventually exhibited his works. These Spatial Constraints are part of Burr’s ongoing series of bulletin boards – artworks created with archival materials from books and magazines, and occasionally items of clothing, attached to their support with steel pushpins or upholstery tacks. The bulletin boards began as a means to compile research materials for sculpture, eventually evolving into artworks in their own right. In the Spatial Constraint series exhibited here, Burr secures t-shirts worn during his time in São Paulo onto wood with pages from 1970s books about sexuality that he sourced in Brazil.