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Why is the Artworld a Hotbed for Narcissism? Renowned Artist Enrique Martinez Celaya on It's A Question of Balance

Watch video excerpts of Ruth Copland interviewing Enrique at his inspiring studio in LA: Enrique Martinez Celaya and Ruth Copland Video

What does the phrase "keep your actions faithful" mean? And why does Enrique have it written on his studio walls? What is the difference between taking creative risk and just shaking things up for the sake of it? Why is the art world a particular hotbed for narcissism and what might the antidote be? How important is art in our education system and does it matter how it's taught?

Ruth Copland asks Enrique these questions and more in the Final Part of her Special 3-Part Series of Conversations with the award-winning, internationally renowned artist and author. 

Listen to podcast here Enrique Martinez Celaya Pt 3 | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast Feb 10)

Award-winning Enrique Martínez Celaya trained as an artist as well as a physicist, and early in his career invented several patented laser devices before abandoning physics for art. He works predominantly in painting, but also in sculpture, photography, poetry and prose. His art work has been widely exhibited internationally and is held in the public collections of international institutions around the world. Enrique is the author of papers in art, poetry, philosophy, and physics and several books including 'Collected Writings and Interviews 1990-2010', and 'On Art and Mindfulness: Notes from the Anderson Ranch'. He has worked in collaboration with scientists, entrepreneurs, writers, musicians and architects, including the Canadian rock-band, Cowboy Junkies, the poet and Nobel-Prize-winning chemist, Roald Hoffmann, and the novelist Mary Rakow.

Ruth Copland spoke to Enrique at his inspiring studio in Los Angeles, with multiple vast rooms both to paint in and display his work, as well as a small library, and a beautiful, lush garden featuring some of his sculptures. Born in Cuba and raised in Spain and Puerto Rico, Enrique began his formal art training at the age of 12 when he became apprentice to a painter. He developed an enduring interest in writing and philosophy whilst in the turbulent cultural and political environment of 1970s Puerto Rico. In the USA, he gained degrees in physics and art from Cornell, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He is the first person to hold the position of Provost Professor of Humanities and Arts at the University of Southern California, is a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College, and a Fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. Enrique is committed to the education and formation of artists, and sponsors programmes for children, provides scholarships for artists, and assists schools in developing their curriculum. To this end, in 1998, he founded Whale & Star Press, which publishes books on art, poetry, art practice, and critical theory.

For more info and to hear previous shows click here It's A Question of Balance

Photo: Portrait of the artist in his studio, Culver City, CA, 2017 by Theo & Juliet Photography

 

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What is the Nature of a True Gift? Thought-Provoking Conversations on It's A Question of Balance

As the holidays approach our minds turn to gifts. Has the march of consumerism made us view gifts as predominantly material items? British essayist, novelist and poet Robert Louis Stevenson observed “To be rich in admiration and free from envy, to rejoice greatly in the good of others, to love with such generosity of heart that your love is still a dear possession in absence or unkindness - these are the gifts which money cannot buy.” Do we still think of things like this as gifts? Giving gifts can be as much a joy for the giver as for the receiver but has gift-giving become a barter exchange where we try to give gifts of equal value to what we will receive? Or do we still gifts to engender joy with no expectation of a return? Maybe a good maxim is the Arabic proverb “If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.” In tribal cultures, a gift is given in the knowledge that it will keep being given and never be stagnant. Why do YOU give gifts and what is a true gift to you? Ruth Copland features her thought-provoking conversations on the street.

For more info on the show and to hear past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com 

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Can Art Help Us Understand the World? Enrique Martinez Celaya on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Part 2 in the Special 3-Part Series of Conversations with the renowned artist and author. Click here to listen Enrique Martinez Celaya | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast Dec 2)

Watch video excerpts of Ruth Copland interviewing Enrique at his inspiring studio in LA. Click here Enrique Martinez Celaya and Ruth Copland Video

Award-winning Enrique Martínez Celaya trained as an artist as well as a physicist, and early in his career invented several patented laser devices before abandoning physics for art. He works predominantly in painting, but also in sculpture, photography, poetry and prose. His art work has been widely exhibited internationally and is held in the public collections of international institutions around the world. Enrique is the author of papers in art, poetry, philosophy, and physics and several books including 'Collected Writings and Interviews 1990-2010', and 'On Art and Mindfulness: Notes from the Anderson Ranch'. He has worked in collaboration with scientists, entrepreneurs, writers, musicians and architects, including the Canadian rock-band, Cowboy Junkies, the poet and Nobel-Prize-winning chemist, Roald Hoffmann, and the novelist Mary Rakow.

Ruth Copland spoke to Enrique at his inspiring studio in Los Angeles, with multiple vast rooms both to paint in and display his work, as well as a small library, and a beautiful, lush garden featuring some of his sculptures. Born in Cuba and raised in Spain and Puerto Rico, Enrique began his formal art training at the age of 12 when he became apprentice to a painter. He developed an enduring interest in writing and philosophy whilst in the turbulent cultural and political environment of 1970s Puerto Rico. In the USA, he gained degrees in physics and art from Cornell, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He is the first person to hold the position of Provost Professor of Humanities and Arts at the University of Southern California, is a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College, and a Fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. Enrique is committed to the education and formation of artists, and sponsors programmes for children, provides scholarships for artists, and assists schools in developing their curriculum. To this end, in 1998, he founded Whale & Star Press, which publishes books on art, poetry, art practice, and critical theory.

For more info and to hear previous shows click here It's A Question of Balance

Photos from left clockwise: Enrique Martinez Celaya; Installation photo of “The Mirroring Land”, 2017, Galerie Judin, Berlin. From left: The Wanted Freedom (Black Milk), 2017, Oil and wax on canvas, 116 x 150 in., Private collection, Berlin. The One Who Stayed (Milk), 2017, Oil and wax on canvas, 116 x 150 in; View of the newly completed studio garden, Studio Enrique Martínez Celaya, Culver City, CA. From left: The Landmark, 2016, Bronze, 17 x 100 x 94 in. The Well, 2014, Bronze, 152 x 65 x 59 in., Private collection, Miami, Florida.

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Andy Weir, author of acclaimed film 'The Martian', on It's A Question of Balance with Ruth Copland

Andy is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of such subjects as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also, apparently, mixes a mean cocktail! A New York Times best-selling author and the recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2016, Andy built a two-decade career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, 'The Martian', allowed him to live out his dream of writing full-time. 'The Martian' was made into an acclaimed feature film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. Andy lives in Mountain View, California. His new novel, Artemis, is a near-future, sci-fi-noir heist story set on the moon. 

To listen to the interview click here Andy Weir | It's A Question of Balance 

If you enjoy the interview, you can meet Andy Weir in person at a special Bookshop Santa Cruz event on December 5th at 7PM at Santa Cruz High School. Tickets available at Bookshop Santa Cruz or www.bookshopsantacruz.com

For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

 

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Internationally Renowned Artist Enrique Martínez Celaya on It's A Question of Balance

Watch video highlights of Ruth Copland interviewing Enrique at his inspiring studio in LA Enrique Martinez Celaya and Ruth Copland Video

Listen to full audio interview here Enrique Martinez Celaya | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 11 Nov)

Award-winning Enrique Martínez Celaya trained as an artist as well as a physicist, and early in his career invented several patented laser devices before abandoning physics for art. He works predominantly in painting, but also in sculpture, photography, poetry and prose. His art work has been widely exhibited internationally and is held in the public collections of international institutions around the world. Enrique is the author of papers in art, poetry, philosophy, and physics and several books including 'Collected Writings and Interviews 1990-2010', and 'On Art and Mindfulness: Notes from the Anderson Ranch'. He has worked in collaboration with scientists, entrepreneurs, writers, musicians and architects, including the Canadian rock-band, Cowboy Junkies, the poet and Nobel-Prize-winning chemist, Roald Hoffmann, and the novelist Mary Rakow.

Ruth Copland spoke to Enrique at his inspiring studio in Los Angeles, with multiple vast rooms both to paint in and display his work, as well as a small library, and a beautiful, lush garden featuring some of his sculptures. 

Photo: Ruth Copland in conversation with Enrique Martínez Celaya at his studio in Los Angeles, pictured with Enrique's painting The Riptide, 2009, Oil and wax on canvas, 78 x 96 in.

Born in Cuba and raised in Spain and Puerto Rico, Enrique began his formal art training at the age of 12 when he became apprentice to a painter. He developed an enduring interest in writing and philosophy whilst in the turbulent cultural and political environment of 1970s Puerto Rico. In the USA, he gained degrees in physics and art from Cornell, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He is the first person to hold the position of Provost Professor of Humanities and Arts at the University of Southern California, is a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College, and a Fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. Enrique is committed to the education and formation of artists, and sponsors programmes for children, provides scholarships for artists, and assists schools in developing their curriculum. To this end, in 1998, he founded Whale & Star Press, which publishes books on art, poetry, art practice, and critical theory.

For more info and to hear previous shows click here It's A Question of Balance

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