South Arts Spotlight: Joey Slaughter of Louisiana

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Joey Slaughter
Joey Slaughter, Telling things you already know, acrylic on MDF on panel.

Joey Slaughter was the Louisiana state finalist for the inaugural Southern Prize given by South Arts, for which he received $5,000. [Read about other finalists.] To create his colorful abstract paintings, he visualizes the digital information that is constantly transmitted around us. His works usually reference conversations between two people and what the conversational wavelengths might look like ” if you could see sound waves from analogue and digital devices passing through and around people.”
He uses acrylic on MDF panels that are often cut into geometric shapes, and combines hands-on and digital techniques. He has recently been using “paint skins” from poured, dried paint that he then assembles into layered, dynamic compositions.
Slaughter received his BFA in 1997 from the Memphis College of Art and his MFA in 2000 from Cranbrook Academy of Art near Detroit. He is an associate professor at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, where he has worked since 2007.

“Working with paint skins tonight.” @joey_slaughter – Slaughter at work during his four-week residency at the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation in upstate New York.

 
 
Joey Slaughter, work in progress.
A work in progress by Joey Slaughter.

Joey Slaughter
Joey Slaughter, Spectrum Burst 22, Acrylic on MDF on panel

Joey Slaughter
Joey Slaughter, Spectrum Burst 24, Acrylic on MDF on panel

Joey Slaughter
Joey Slaughter, Bitter Vs. Better, acrylic on MDF on panel

Joey Slaughter
Joey Slaughter, Loose Lips Sink Ships, acrylic on MDF on panel

Joey Slaughter
Joey Slaughter, Remember the time you couldn’t remember? Remember?, acrylic on MDF on panel

Joey Slaughter
Joey Slaughter, The bad bad, not good, acrylic on MDF on panel

Joey Slaughter
Joey Slaughter, Thats where the goods are, acrylic on MDF on panel

Joey Slaughter
Joey Slaughter, 10,000 hours and no accolades, acrylic on MDF on panel

Joey Slaughter
Joey Slaughter, Agree to disagree, acrylic on MDF on panel