Miniature in the Mail #23: "As one door closes, another one opens"

"As one door closes, another one opens," 4" x 6", oil on masonite

Today's mini painting comes from a nook of one of the most elegant art deco structures I've ever experienced, Union Station in downtown L.A.

I'm a huge sucker for art deco, art nouveau, modernismo, secessionsstil—whatever you call it, depending on the country. And I adore what I think of as its younger cousin and all the rage these days, especially in California, modern mid-century.

The movement, like movements generally, is awash in politics and not always of the progressive sort, but I'm attracted to how each piece, whether a building, furniture, or non-functional work serves as a grand collaboration of the best craft and the skilled, non-robotic hand have to offer. It's an artform that, to my eye, demands collaboration and is innately about community.

"As one door closes, another one opens," seems apt for a train station, a stage where so much change and transition plays out. I keep the maxim in mind in grappling with my own life, particularly lately with all the moving I've done.

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