New Additions to the AP/RC: Clinton Cline

In 1968 and 1969, the final year of his graduate program at California State University, Long Beach, Cline made a group of viscosity prints. These works articulated an approach to image making that he has continued for more than four decades. As he notes on his web site, “For me the very first act of making a mark, which could just [be] a dot, a line stroke, or just a doodle…is the most important act that starts my method of making an image. I accept all marks until I have covered most of the surface, then I delete or destroy some and re-create (them) until all feels complete.”

Moving toward the millennium, Cline’s “imaginative landscapes”, as he calls them, became more airy and brighter lithographs. While his landscape references may seem recognizable, the origin of some of the imagery is from a less obvious source. Cline likes to fish and has done so competitively. Using a sonar fish finder, Cline reclaimed images of fish, submerged logs, underwater land formations and more for his prints.

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Following what Cline communicated when he stopped at the AP/RC during a road trip during the summer of 2014, the imagery in his intaglio prints was created through “instinct and intuition”. These prints merge a variety of techniques: collograph, shaped plates, etching, and photo intaglio.  He inked each plate with multiple colors using viscosity methods and printed the image in one press run. Cline worked obsessively on the plates, constructing layers upon layers of ink to vary the viscosity printing.

Cline developed the compositions and imagery of his lithographs (also reproduced here)  using Adobe Photoshop as a drawing tool. As he explored this image-making software he continued to print his work as lithographs rather than using an inkjet printer. Cline wanted to experience working with a “digital toolbox” without relying on digital printing. He separated the colors of his Photoshop compositions, printed each as a transparency, and finally printed the work on his lithograph press.

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