This installation is called After Jane and is part of Nicholas’s exhibition in Lismore.
This installation is called After Jane and is part of Nicholas’s exhibition in Lismore.

Nicholas does Jane

Nicholas Manion grew up in Lismore.

Currently majoring in Fine Arts at the Queensland College of Art, Nicholas is exhibiting his latest work at Next Art Gallery in Magellan St, Lismore. The exhibition, Echoes of Nature, features two works.

The larger of the two presented works is After Jane, an installation composed of more than 900 handmade paper boxes. It refers to the ideas and ideals of Jane Jacobs, a writer, visionary and activist against interventionist urban planning.

Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was a US-born Canadian urbanologist. She was a powerful critic of heavy-handed urban planning policies in the US. (She would blow a fuse in NSW...)

She wrote that “we are told endless simple lies about cities and about nature” and argued that the prevailing pressure for the development of both destroyed vitality and imposed artificial drabness and uniformity “where once there was natural charm and diversity”. Nothing has changed, eh?

Echoes of Nature runs till January 23.

The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday, 10am-4pm; Saturday, 10am-12pm.

For more info phone the gallery on 6622 3490. Or email nextart@scu.edu.au.


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