White Room: Althea ThaubergerDecember 10, 2004–January 30, 2005 320 West 13th Street
In 2001 Althea Thauberger placed an advertisement in a Victoria, British Columbia, entertainment weekly seeking young female singer/songwriters for a film project. From the resulting replies Thauberger would eventually collaborate with eight young women, initially recording their original songs in a professional recording studio, and then subsequently filming their individual performances against the backdrop of idyllic West Coast Canadian landscapes. The resultant film ‘Songstress’ – part-screen test, part pop video – is at once sincere and cruel, and explores the performers conflicting desires that are pitched somewhere between innocence and ambition.
Althea Thauberger lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. Her work has been exhibited widely in Canada including solo shows at Artspeak, and the Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver. Her work is included in the traveling exhibition ‘Baja to Vancouver: the West Coast and Contemporary Art’ currently on view at the CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco. In 2005 she will have a solo ‘Matrix’ exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley. This is her first solo show in New York. Thauberger graduated with a MFA from the University of Victoria in 2002.