7 Layer Era

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360 virtual tour featuring a retrospective of the 7 Layer Era.

7 Layer Era is the collection of my past seven series compiled into one study.  Each series is an independent study through color, shape, depth, and movement in my unique impasto style process of thick layering and thin staining.  This exploration of process lead me to construct a model I call Humanity's Sustainable Infinite.  In my model each series represents a "layer", these layers make up the mechanics from two states of existence; reality (physical state of existence) and subconscious ( cognitive state of existence). The works become an abstracted blueprint that has been documented in my recently published book, One Ton Goldfish: In Search of the Tangible DreamIn this book, I give a detailed account of how my works evolved into the understanding for Humanity's Sustainable Infinite by re-experiencing the process that lead me to each series.

Selected Works from 7 Layer era

Layer 7 - 2013
Focal Point Series

Layer 7 is equated with the subconscious. The subconscious is opposite Layer 1 (reality) and is the cognitive state of existence. Perceived reality as emotionally triggered energy becomes the process of manifesting thought into projected reality.

“I immediately started with understudies, to get my feeling for the work ready for the canvas. This was quick -- there was no new learning curve to conquer or explore this time around. I engaged in the same process as Imagination Series, breaking down the four elements of color, shape, depth, and movement -- but instead of creating ‘sporadic consistency’ across the canvas, I created ‘controlled consistency.’ Everything -- the shape, the color, the movement of textures, the demanding depth -- moved in the same direction. The emotion wrapped up and flowed in harmony, the nature of its existence the same as Imagination Series, but controlled in an effortless calm, like the focus of fire flowing into shape, simply from your will to make it so.” 

-Justin Garcia
One Ton Goldfish: In Search of the Tangible Dream


Layer 6 - 2012
Reflection Series

Layer 6 is equated the conscious and unconscious point of awareness between reality and subconscious, likened to the surface tension between air and water. on one side a tangible existence, on the other an intangible existence.

“I knew right away that my focus was on the color. So the paintings themselves would be entirely covered with only one color -- one that would capture emotion by its bold presence, but still let me focus on certain aspects of technical approaches. I figured that having a large amount of one color could only stimulate the cones (photoreceptors) in my eyes further, leaving little room for distractions -- silhouetted shapes, for instance. This would compel viewers to reach for something more, to understand what they were looking at. Being forced to do so would trigger different parts of the brain. My ultimate goal here was to allow people to feel the energy, yet reach a logical understanding.”

-Justin Garcia
One Ton Goldfish: In Search of the Tangible Dream

Layer 5 - 2011
Essence Series

Layer 5 is equated to the psychological studies in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, specifically internal filters, and how these internal factors affect our perception. 

“I decided to build a series from a truly selfish perspective, completely opposite from Imagination Series, and one I would find very hard to face...When I gradually started to paint, I knew what I wanted to achieve. I first pulled from the things I remembered, things that moved me. I was determined to bring deliberate reasoning to the foreground. I kept the stained silhouettes intact on the canvas, but this time I pulled in the horizon lines from Creation Series, giving the silhouetted memories a place to rest. Bound by time and the distance of a journey, not only mine, but that of any viewer.” 

-Justin Garcia
One Ton Goldfish: In Search of the Tangible Dream

Layer 4 - 2010
Imagination Series

Layer 4 is equated to the psychological studies in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, specifically external filters, and how these external factors affect our perception. 

“I started sketching in charcoal, random nothings, to allow my brain to be elsewhere. I gazed at the paper, looking past it. It began simply, the idea rooted in what I had learned from processes thus far...I stripped out the landscape from Creation Series, leaving nowhere one could settle on the familiarities of a specific time. No journey, no past, present or future...A memory is like a stain, and it would exist as one on canvas. I broke it down to the basic parts of vision found in the basic aspects of art. Depth, movement, shape and color. This would represent a memory.” 

-Justin Garcia
One Ton Goldfish: In Search of the Tangible Dream

LAYER 3 - 2009

Layer 3 is equated to the parvocellular break down of the visual sense impression. 

“I was looking for something. Like digging into an old chest, I wouldn’t know what it was until I saw it. Painting my way through. Staining the canvas. Losing my surroundings. Curiosity drove me deeper. Feeling through each choice; stains became darker. I went deeper still. Time and food became irrelevant.” 

-Justin Garcia
One Ton Goldfish: In Search of the Tangible Dream

LAYER 2 - 2008

Layer 2 is equated to the magnocellular break down of the visual sense impression.

“My idea was to incorporate the abstract world I was familiar with, and merge it with architectural structures in a seamless fashion, depicting the two worlds meeting and interpreting each other...I decided the structures would have to remain predominantly untouched, captured on the canvas without rendition or alteration...I found my rhythm in bridging the two worlds of structure and texture...pulling one in and out of the two worlds through the most primal purpose of lines, while keeping the respect for each standing independently.” 

-Justin Garcia
 One Ton Goldfish: In Search of the Tangible Dream


LAYER 1 - 2007

Layer 1 is equated to reality, representation of dreams reconstructed onto a plain of spatial orientation (perceived and projected reality into 3-dimensional space).

“The soft undertones of sporadic color spread over the length of the canvas, then masked with layers of textures hushed across, like aging walls. I tore up my abstract charcoal dreams drawn on sketchpads, now carefully broken apart and collaged in minimal fashion, allowing the background to breathe. The severed black and white dreams began to form fresh lines that flowed into newly-acquired spaces in between, feeding a sense of connectivity.” 

-Justin Garcia, OneTonGoldfish: In Search of the Tangible Dream