In the lead up to the launch of SAW Video Media Art Centre’s new exhibition venue, Knot project space, a series of short videos by three Ottawa artists was commissioned to play on various public screens throughout the city. The artists each took the venue’s name as a point of departure, to reflect upon notions of entanglement, intersection, tension and compression that the formation of a knot brings to mind.

In the minute-long Loose Ends, Molly Teitelbaum presents the viewer with a flurry of detailed handheld images, collected through her deft examinations of common space, and moving at a quickened pulse that is characteristic of her approach to editing. A close proximity to the bodies of strangers is established and held, as they are seen pushing, pulling, reaching, and jumping in a range of independent, public acts. The result is a video that is muscular in its effects, as the open flux of daily life becomes woven tightly into a sustained, collective flex.

Molly Teitelbaum: Loose Ends will be on display at Plant Bath Recreation Centre from December 16th, 2017 – January 7th, 2018. The video will be playing on loop in the centre’s lobby during their opening hours.

Plant Bath’s hours of operation are:

Monday to Friday: 6:45 am to 9:30 pm

Saturdays: 7:45 am to 7 pm

Sundays: 7:45 am to 6 pm

*please note that holidays may affect these hours



"I've been encountering a lot of knots these days. I put a knot or two in my dog’s leash when I tie her up outside while I grab my morning tea. Last month, I borrowed a necklace from someone I don't know very well. There was a knot in the fine gold chain before I even got to wear it. I didn't tell her, but when I returned it last week I made sure it was unknotted. Every Monday on the soccer field I put my hair up using a thin elastic, but half the time the hair tie breaks. They're very cheap, and I have lots of hair. At least two consecutive knots are required to fashion a new, makeshift elastic from the limp one. 

In Loose Ends, I am hyper-aware of both the subtlety and the essence of a gesture. The constant in this piece is the notion that these small acts, in series, demonstrate the ways in which a knot comes to be: pulling, weaving, moving, twisting, poking, fastening, loosening, pushing, and leaving."  Molly Teitelbaum, December 2017

Artist Bio:

Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Molly Teitelbaum is a Canadian filmmaker and visual artist. She holds a BA in Art History and Political Science from McGill University (2013), and an MFA from Parsons (2015). She was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2015), and was an artist in residence at The MacDowell Colony (2016) and Yaddo (2017). She currently lives and works in New York City.

Teitelbaum's work explores being female in the 21st century, shedding light on the concerns, preoccupations, and desires of a woman in this moment. She has a somewhat prurient interest in the lives of others, and her work retains a strong voyeuristic component. She brings to the fore what is taboo and off limits by drawing viewers' attention to that which we're not supposed to look at, such as a paucity of hair on a man's head, or a plethora of hair on a woman's upper lip.

There is an everyday, quotidian feel to the images Teitelbaum selects. Her videos bring into focus often overlooked visual experiences, providing new ways of looking at the ostensibly familiar. Visual rhyming, or associative poetry, are connective threads woven throughout her pieces, where a flock of pigeons represents an open relationship, and a Brussels sprout evokes the back of a child's head.


This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Ottawa Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.


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