Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bloom, ArtCultureKing Collaborate for First Time at the Clothesline 314

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bloom, ArtCultureKing Collaborate for First Time at the Clothesline 314

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Singer Bloom and illustrator ArtCultureKing are an artsy couple, but when it comes to their crafts, they have very different perspectives.

They're coming together Friday for their first joint event, the Clothesline 314 at Blank Space, and it's proven to be a task for the pair.

"It's tough working together," says ArtCultureKing (aka Cameron Williams). "We have two different outlooks on art."

Bloom (aka Kalyn McNeil) says she likes art that's dark and grungy; his artwork is bright. She prefers abstract; he doesn't.

"You have to accept each other's differences," he says. And "not try to change them," she adds.

It'll all play out at the Clothesline 314, an occasional event started in 2014 by DJ Agile 1, Gina Martinez and Lina Fasano. It's a one-night-only experience that transforms space through audio and visual collaborations.

The event's name was inspired by Martinez's grandmother's hanging laundry out to dry. For Martinez, that represented "being vulnerable and having everything out in the open," Bloom says.

ArtCultureKing and Bloom are the featured artists Friday at the Clothesline 314. They will transform the space to represent their combined aesthetic.

"We want to show people our talents together rather than separate," he says.

"It's just something different," Bloom says. "The Clothesline 314 provides a platform for artists to put on shows that are collaborative and for artists who don't necessarily get the exposure they deserve. We get to deck out the venue and combine art, performance and a party with a DJ."

She says it's difficult these days to separate from all that's going on in the world, which forces her to be more introspective.

"It's hard to not be affected by it," she says. "But this is our way of saying, in order for change to happen, we have to come together."

Bloom is currently working on "Androgyny," the follow-up to her 2016 EP, "[Sin]ses. …

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