A Mistake Is A Beautiful Thing

An exhibition by Coloured Publishing
March 16 - May 2, 2018

Printed Matter presents A Mistake Is A Beautiful Thing, an exhibition from LA-based Coloured Publishing. The installation overviews the publishing output of the press, while considering the nature of a collaborative creative process – how mistakes resulting from an artist and designer working together inform and influence the path to an end product. Please join us for an opening reception with the artists on Friday, March 16, 6–8PM. Join the event on facebook here.

Since 2015, Coloured Publishing – a joint project from artist Devin Troy Strother and designer Yuri Ogita – has steadily produced dozens of editioned works, including artists’ books, zines, loose-leaf publications, prints, t-shirts and buttons. Publishing outside institutional standards, the press aims to share ideas about an eclectic range of topics with full autonomy – being people of color in the US, celebrating underappreciated cultural phenomena, and publishing works by their fellow artists.

Alongside a display of in-print and archival works, A Mistake Is A Beautiful Thing debuts several newly created zines (Breakdancing With Scissors In Your Pocket, Apple Bag Contemporary, and others), as well as new T-shirts produced on occasion of the exhibition. The show also puts on view upwards of 250 digital offset prints – each of them distinct, many brand new – wrapping around the walls of the Printed Matter Project Room.

These digitally-made collage works speak to aspects of Coloured Publishing’s broader practice and aesthetic, pulling from a range of influences. Often reworking found/internet-sourced imagery and cultural iconography, the works are built up with abstract markings and elements of Strother’s own studio work. Frequently overwritten by short text pieces, the prints are nuanced, energetically-paced and frequently tuned-in to a mode of vernacular storytelling that is both comedic and incisive.

View PDF of all available prints here. To purchase a print not shown on table above email sales@printedmatter.org

In Summer 2018 Printed Matter will publish a new artists’ book with Coloured Publishing, A Mistake Is A Beautiful Thing.

Checklist
  1. Coloured Publishing
    Let The Bodies Hit The Floor
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    Out of stock
  2. Coloured Publishing
    Cultural Appropriations
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    Out of stock
  3. Coloured Publishing
    I’m Sorry
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    Out of stock
  4. Coloured Publishing
    I Ain’t Even Know
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    Out of stock
  5. Coloured Publishing
    ‘97 Til Infinity
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    Out of stock
  6. Coloured Publishing
    Grouch
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    Out of stock
  7. Coloured Publishing
    The Bedroom To The Throneroom
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    Out of stock
  8. Coloured Publishing
    FUCK #3
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    Out of stock
  9. Coloured Publishing
    Nigga Nefertiti
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    Out of stock
  10. Coloured Publishing
    Tell Me Why You Died Last Night
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    Out of stock
  11. Coloured Publishing
    I Know Where We’re Going, I’m Fixing To Go
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    Out of stock
  12. Coloured Publishing
    Don’t Call ‘Em
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    Out of stock
  13. Coloured Publishing
    Pills Don’t Pay The Bills, But Can Still Chill If You Got The Will
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    Out of stock
  14. Coloured Publishing
    White Devil White Devil
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    Out of stock
  15. Coloured Publishing
    THIS IS GONNA TAKE TIME
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    Out of stock
  16. Coloured Publishing
    You Know You Is
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    Out of stock
  17. Coloured Publishing
    Heroes
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    Out of stock
  18. Coloured Publishing
    She Out Here
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    Out of stock
  19. Coloured Publishing
    That’s Racist
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    Out of stock
  20. Coloured Publishing
    That’s That Nigga
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    Out of stock
  21. Coloured Publishing
    She Can Catch These Hands Tho
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    Out of stock
Checklist
  1. Coloured Publishing
    I Don’t Wanna Sound Racist, But…
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    300
    Out of stock
  2. Coloured Publishing
    A.C.A.B. Pin + Killer Breed Zine
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    $30.00
  3. Jordan Bogash
    Dirty Jam
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2017
    $15.00
  4. Coloured Publishing
    Black Hockey Player Pin
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    100
    $20.00
  5. Coloured Publishing
    All Nazis Must Die T-shirt + Zine [Extra Large]
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    Out of stock
  6. Coloured Publishing
    Coloured Publishing Icon “OMAR” T-shirt [Large]
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    Out of stock
  7. Coloured Publishing
    Book Club T-shirt [Large]
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    Out of stock
  8. Coloured Publishing
    Coloured Publishing Icon “JAY” T-shirt [Extra Large]
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    Out of stock
  9. Coloured Publishing
    Coloured Publishing Logo Pin
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    open
    $15.00
  10. Coloured Publishing
    Fuck This Shit Sticker
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    Out of stock
  11. Coloured Publishing
    Coloured Publishing Postcard Set
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    $15.00
  12. Coloured Publishing
    Coloured Publishing Sticker
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    $2.00
  13. Coloured Publishing
    Coloured Publishing Tote
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    Out of stock
  14. Coloured Publishing
    Keepin’ It Movin’ Sticker
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    Out of stock
  15. Coloured Publishing
    My Nigga Koko
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    100
    Out of stock
  16. Coloured Publishing
    My Ninja Sticker
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    Out of stock
  17. Coloured Publishing
    Promethazine & Codeine
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    50
    $10.00
  18. Coloured Publishing
    Oversized Dagger Pin
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    100
    $30.00
  19. Coloured Publishing
    Keepin’ It Movin’ Patch
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    50
    Out of stock
  20. Coloured Publishing
    Shit You Wanna Keep Sticker
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    $2.00
  21. Coloured Publishing
    Reparations Now!
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    100
    Out of stock
  22. Coloured Publishing
    Rose Hand Pin
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    $20.00
  23. Coloured Publishing
    Rose Motel T-shirt [Large]
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    Out of stock
  24. Coloured Publishing
    Support Your Local Publisher T-Shirt [Large]
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    Out of stock
  25. Devin Troy Strother
    Apple Bag Contemporary
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    300
    $15.00
  26. Coloured Publishing
    TNS/GNF 3-Button Pack
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    100
    $5.00
  27. Coloured Publishing
    White Rasta Pasta Vol. 3: None Shall Escape the Judgment of Jah
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    100
    Out of stock
  28. Thomas McMahan
    Cypress Hill Still Really Loving NatGeo
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    100
    Out of stock
  29. Yuri Ogita
    Sleep It Off
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2017
    Out of stock
  30. Yuri Ogita
    Winding Roots
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2017
    Out of stock
  31. Devin Troy Strother
    Breakdancing With Scissors In Your Pocket
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2018
    300
    Out of stock
  32. Devin Troy Strother
    Like a Fresh Pack of Newports
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2017
    100
    $40.00
  33. Devin Troy Strother
    Nothing Special To Look At
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2017
    25
    Out of stock
  34. Devin Troy Strother
    Gangbanging At My Daddy’s House / I’m Never Goin Back To Africa, Again
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing, 2017
    25
    Out of stock
  35. Coloured Publishing
    High On Stress Pin
    Los Angeles, CA: Coloured Publishing
    100
    $20.00
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