Get touchy with the Casey Jane Ellison and contemporary art.
Rolling out like art world The View, Touching the Art is Ovation’s new webseries starring Casey Jane Ellison and her dry black-mouthed delivery. Ellison asks lecture hall questions like, “Why does art alienate the general public” and “What is art’s purpose in society” and the all-female panel of guests offer a clipped two-second response. This is not an NPR in-depth thesis artist talk footnote statement plaque show. It’s more like a filmed comic strip.
We’re into the meta, self-referential vibe of Touching the Art that saves it from a snooze. When Ellison introduces the panel of Jori Finkel (NY Times and The Art Newspaper), Bettina Korek (ForYourArt) and Catherine Opie (photographer and UCLA professor), she says, very pointedly, “We only have women on this show and we don’t really feel the need to discuss or defend that.” Touching the Art does a great job of hitting all those art world spots with just a vocal inflection. That’s why we called it art world The View. Every gathering of women discussing hot button topics is instantly comparable. It’s just science.
Watch Ovation’s Touching the Art first episode with Casey Jane Ellison below.