Making Mistakes are a series of drawing and painting on paper which started flat but are balled up crushed and placed into a plastic box as frame or storage. The works are also received flat by a collector who is given instructions on how to fold or crumple each piece. The dates are scattered as these works are from years of past mistakes in Coates' studio practice which happen in the USA, Germany, and Japan.
Gregory Coates studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He has held numerous residencies that informed his work, such as Gasworks in London, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Triangle Workshops in Cape Town, South Africa, Pine Plains, New York, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New Orleans. Coates’ artwork is included in museum collections such as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, The Virginia Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Paul Pozzoza Museum in Düsseldorf, Germany, the City of Obama in Japan, and many corporate and private collections. A large commissioned piece is installed at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Coates is a Joan Mitchell Foundation and New York Foundation Fellow and was awarded the Pollock-Krasner- and Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation (Emergency) Grant.