MOTEL
A collaboration by Alison S. M. Kobayashi and Gintas Tirilis.
Curated by Su-Ying Lee and Suzanne Carte-Blanchenot.

In the cold winter of 2008 Gintas Tirilis and Alison S. M. Kobayashi explored the
Mississauga, Etobicoke suburbs desperately in search a warm place where they could
smoke cigarettes. What the pair discovered was a strip of motels along Lakeshore Blvd,
just on the edge of Toronto, abandoned. Further exploration into these dilapidated
structures became a nightly routine as they dared to gain greater access and eventually
decided to remove some of the discarded vestiges for preservation.

Gintas Tirilis is a Mississauga based visual artist working in video, installation and
sound. He graduated from the University of Toronto at Mississauga in 2008 and is
studying early childhood education at Nippising University. His sound sculptures and
video installations have been exhibited in the Young and Restless at Justina M. Barnicke
Gallery (Toronto) and Lennox Contemporary (Toronto).

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MOTEL installation, Xpace 


MOTEL installation, Neon, Xpace 


MOTEL, keyrack, Xpace 


MOTEL Gift Shop installation, Xpace 


MOTEL installation, NO VACANCY set 


MOTEL, Window, Xpace 


MOTEL installation, XBASE in Xpace 


MOTEL video installation, XBASE in Xpace 


MOTEL invitation