An Out Of Sight (But Not Out Of Mind) Conversation Between Olivier Millagou and Gabriela Jauregui.
Gabriela Jauregui: First off, could you tell me more about exhibition title? There is a nice play on words: Out Of Sight can mean that which is, literally, hidden from sight—in this case the darker side of the sunny Beach Boys legacy, and the darkness of the gallery space itself—and it can also mean out of sight as in something amazing, surprising, unbelievable, which can be ‘seen’ the brighter side of these same characters who inspire your work.
Olivier Millagou: The first thing Out Of Sight refers to, is the title of a beach party movie from 19661. I often give a beach movie name to my shows. In the case of the movie title it both refers to the expression ‘out of sight’ as amazing or far-out, as you mention; but to me, Out Of Sight is also literally like a way out, a sideslip, off-screen.
With this show, I was first interested in the question of what surf music is. Originally, surf music was simply the music that surfers listened to, and it varied depending on the place you were at and your age. It was not formatted until the mid-‘60s when record companies realized that this was another possibility of making money with teenagers. After that, surf music was clearly defined.
(text source: Galerie Sultana)
More on Olivier Millagou (b. 1974, Bandol, France)
Right from the beginning Olivier Millagou’s work has set out to be a vast enterprise in re-reading reality and falsifying the codes and images we associated with it. Using series of motifs drawn from the commonest level of popular culture (cartoon strip and film characters, images linked to to surfers or to rock music, picture postcards, etc.) he takes legendary figures of this culture and their memories and turns them, in various forms (drawings, postcards, “drawing pin pictures” etc.) into images that are both smooth and saturated, in which their immediately identifiable naturalness cannot fail to raise the question of memory and its future.
(text source: France in Canada)
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(All Images: Olivier Millagou, Out Of Sight, installation view , 2014; © Claire Dorn / Sultana)