“The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come” is the name of Robert Gaylor’s sculpture installation with Axle Contemporary that opens at 5 p.m. on November 23 at the Railyard plaza by the water tower.
Made in 2012 from a steel armature covered with aluminum mesh and illuminated with LED lights, Gaylor’s scene features a life-size male figure pushing a grocery cart filled with items.
Friends modeled for the form of the man. The man’s head was molded from a reproduction of a life mask of the head of Abraham Lincoln that Gaylor purchased online.
The video projection that’s an integral part of the sculpture contain words by Ebenezer Scrooge, the protagonist of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella “A Christmas Carol.”
“The man in my sculpture looks like a homeless person,” explains Gaylor, who wanted to create a work that highlights exclusion of the poor and the excessive purchases that take place during Christmas, a holiday that it still important to him. “But he’s really the ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.”
A partner in the Santa Fe architectural and planning firm Suby Bowden + Associates who began his career as an industrial designer, Gaylor has been making art since 1963 and has had more than two dozen exhibits in museums, galleries and art spaces. He has explored many media through the years, including painting, drawing, photography and film.
Gaylor is the co-founder of Santa Fe’s Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) and served as executive director and curator at CCA for a number of years. In addition to his active studio practice, Gaylor works as a consultant to foundations and art agencies.
“I’m really excited about this show because it’s going to be the first time that the public will see this work since I created it in 2012,” says Gaylor.