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Touching the Art

Contemporary art is having a breakthrough moment, thanks in part to recent celebrity cross-overs (Lady Gaga, James Franco, Jay-Z), ubiquitous fashion collaborations and record-setting auction returns. So why is it still so difficult to talk about? Comedian and artist Casey Jane Ellison wades into this conversational quagmire on Ovation’s new original web talk show, Touching the Art.

As host, Casey’s blunt, reductive line of questioning takes aim at the barriers between the uninitiated viewer and the contemporary art world, and the show creates a platform for her panel of art world professionals to demystify, in their own words, the most fundamental issues surrounding art and its place in broader society. And as a meta critique of the perceived gender imbalance of panel shows, all the show’s guests will be female.

Discussion topics range from art and celebrity to gender politics to the art market. Future episodes will coincide with and cover timely topics and events such as Miami Basel, The Armory Show, etc.

Touching the Art was shot on location at Regen Projects West Hollywood and Night Gallery in Los Angeles, and features music by Mirror Mirror.

About Casey

Casey Jane Ellison is the inventor of the comedian avatar, born and raised in Los Angeles, bicoastal bisexual, artist and comic. People think her mole is fake, but it's not. She is the star of the VFILES original web series What the F*shion? As an artist, her work has been commissioned by MOCA in Los Angeles and she has presented videos and animation at the New Museum, MoMA PS 1 and Museum of Art and Design. She recently launched her own cult and accompanying t-shirt line. Casey serves as host, writer and producer on Touching the Art.

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About Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror is the New York-based psych pop duo of David Riley and Ryan Lucero. Their new "Melting People" EP is available on iTunes or as a free download from their website.