Nigel Poor is a photographer who spends time documenting everyday existence, exploring the meaning of the traces of ourselves that we leave behind. She focuses on ordinary objects and materials, researching what makes an object “worthy of preservation,” in her words. This KQED Art School video was created in collaboration with SFMOMA, who commissioned art-making activity ideas from Nigel Poor for their Open Studio project. From going on a walk, to documenting and paying special attention to your mindless everyday activities, to keeping all of your trash and turning it into art, these activities encourage you explore your own daily trails and discover subtle nuances and meaningful visual juxtapositions. Learn how to make art using simple materials: all you need is time, a place, a bag and your camera.

See more of Nigel Poor’s work here: http://nigelpoor.com/

 

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Jon Brown

Jon Brown makes videos for KQED's Art School! 

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