With an attempt to understand the real purpose of art in fashion, I tried scavenging the internet for artworks that seemed to remind me of garments from fashion collections. Art, which in itself is already a complicated matter, constitutes a great deal to the very existence of fashion. The minimalist fashion that I have come to love brought me to learning a certain style of painting. So, I eventually turned my focus on something called "Color Field Painting".
Color Field Painting, along with Action Painting, forms the art movement called Abstract Expressionism (New York School). Action Painting and Color Field Painting are both identified as artworks done on very large canvases. However; Color Field Painting relies more on how one perceives the artwork rather than how it was created - which is the primary concern of Action Painting. More attention is to be given to the relationship of the colours and shapes of the artwork.
Arthistory.about.com delves more on the important traits of Color Field Painting:
1. Bright, local colors are presented in specific shapes that can be amorphous or geometrical, but not too straight-edged.
2. The works emphasize the flatness of the canvas or paper, because that is what a painting is literally about.
3. The excitement comes from the tension set up between the colors and shapes. That is the subject of the work.
4. The integration of shapes through overlapping or interpenetrations blurs spacial distinctions, so that there is almost no sense of the image versus the background (what art historians call "figure and ground"). Sometimes the shapes seem to both emerge and submerge into the surrounding colors.
However, I believe that this is the most captivating characteristic of Color Field Painting:
"These works are usually very large, which encourages the viewer to experience the
color as an enormous, engulfing expanse: a field of colour. "
Color Field Painting, as applied in fashion, relies on approaching and understanding the senses - that of which produces an instinctive response. That response, despite being usually deprived from time for thought, is not at all devoid from substance. On the contrary, that "rawness" makes fashion in art invigorating and full of life.