We're always on the lookout for art that seeps outside of the streets of Wynwood. This month, South Florida screen print artist Rocky Grimes is exhibiting and selling his one-of-a-kind designs at "Normal Absurdity," an art show at Kidrobot in Miami Beach.
What's he doing showing multimedia videos, hand printed t-shirts, and limited edition screen-prints in a toy store? This ain't Toys-R-Us. Kidrobot is a line of clothing and toys created by designer Paul Budnitz. His Munnys and Dunnys -- graffiti-inspired, cartoon-like vinyl figurines -- have been purchased by NYC's MoMa for their permanent collection.
As far as Grimes, you may know him for his clothing line Faction, fresh t-shirts with neon and pastel color palettes that depict savage scenes of hipsters behaving badly. (On one, a masked vigilante is decapitating someone else with a Casio keyboard.)
Otherwise, you may have seen Grimes's work at Dustin Orlando's comeback
show "Believe the Hype" earlier this year. And during one Art Basel, he was that guy pushing a cart through
Wynwood streets, doing live screen printing for the masses,
deliberately outside the walls of corporate-sponsored art shows.
"Normal Absurdity" opened last week and will be up until July 7. So
pull yourself away from the gallery circuit on NW Second Avenue long
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enough to scope out Rocky Grimes in a toy store. Kidrobot is located at
638 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. Call 305-673-5807 or visit