A few weeks ago we featured Enrique Martínez Celaya in our Saturday Six, an internationally renowned and recognized artist as well as an author, former scientist, Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College....the list goes on. There isn't much that Martínez Celaya hasn't done or isn't going to create, and now "guest writer for the Saturday Six" is on that list. Read on to find out what he's listening to, reading, wearing and more.
I tend to mainly listen to classic rock (Creedence Clearwater Revival, Pink Floyd, Eagles, Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel), and old country (Johnny Cash, Lefty Frizzel, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson). In Spanish, some of my favorites are Joan Manuel Serrat and Silvio Rodriguez. I love the three amazing Canadians - Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, and Cowboy Junkies. Plus Portuguese fado; my favorite fado singers are Amália Rodrigues and Mariza.
Vermont Elmore Fire Tower
TRAVEL | I live in Los Angeles and my exhibitions often take me to London, Berlin, Barcelona, Stockholm, and New York. When I have the opportunity, I like to walk and hike Joshua Tree, and my favorite trails there are in Ryan Mountain, which has spectacular views. I also like to walk and get lost in the woods of New England - especially New Hampshire and Vermont - and spend time in the coastal forest and beaches of Puerto Rico. In recent years I have been very attracted to the Mediterranean coast of Spain, the Balearic Islands, and the island of Corsica.
In the past few months I've been reading an odd collection of writers including Jack Kerouac, Carson McCullers, Erich Fromm, James Hollis, Julio Cortazar, Boris Pasternak, and Czeslaw Milosz. Our moment has also led me to revisit the Stoics-Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Hannibal Barca who has been an interest of mine since I was a kid, Edward Minsky the economist, and the mathematician, Benoit B. Mandelbrot. I think a great book to read right now is Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin. He has a sharp mind and his writing elegantly sheds light on some of the issues of race we are dealing with right now.
I don't like to fuss about food - I never have breakfast, and for lunch I eat more or less the same thing every day. Dinners have a slightly bigger range that includes Japanese, Mexican, or Cuban food, but sometimes just a bowl of ramen noodles is enough. On the weekends though, I like to grill for my kids and friends. My favorite rub for burgers (a family favorite) is a mixture of garlic, oregano, sea salt, pepper, paprika, and lime.
I like simple, easy, and good quality clothing and shoes, and I prefer to support people and their brands that have soul and commitment behind their products. Some of my clothes are from Jeanerica, Jac + Jack, Filson, Pointer, Faherty, Theory, Ermengildo Zegna, Minds Eye Social, Edwin, and of course, HELM Boots. My favorite t-shirts for the studio and hanging around are James Perse.
LEARN | With so many titles out there to delve into, I feel that there is a list to read for leisure and a list to read for learning and finding added inspiration and meaning in our lives. Here is a list of books that I feel are a valuable edition to every reading list.
The Life of the Bee | Maurice Maeterlinck
Ostensibly about bees, this beautifully written book is a reflection on the human condition and the values that make life worth living.
The Seven Storey Mountain | Thomas Merton
A profoundly transformative spiritual biography about the meaning of life and an account of a conversion from a distracted life to one with higher aspirations.
Man's Search For Himself | Rollo May
Anticipating many of our external and internal struggles, the book explores loneliness and alienation, and suggests how we can find strength and clarity within ourselves amid a society that is fraught with insecurity and anxiety.