Homegrown: 2011 Holiday Arts Tour

Homegrown will be a weekly post highlighting our Holiday Arts Tour artists.  NCLAC would like to celebrate the artists living in our own backyard whether they were raised here, relocated, or just like to visit enough to call Ruston home.   This years Holiday Arts Tour will be November 18, 19, & 20th.  Watch here for more information and tour locations. This weeks artist is Joey Slaughter a Ruston native.


Joey Slaughter’s interests are centered on the logical processes underlying the movement and transformation of information. He combines the hands-on acts of painting and sculpture with digital media. The use of digital media provides him the freedom to see the process of manipulation, the numerous phases/stages that information passes through, otherwise overlooked in the transfer. We only focus on the sending and receiving of information. He is interested in the in-betweens of the transfer.

In 1996 Joey Slaughter attended a one semester independent study with AICAD New York Studio Program. Slaughter received his BFA from Memphis College of Art in 1997. He received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2000. Upon graduating Cranbrook Slaughter received the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and in 2006 was nominated for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant.  He is currently living in Ruston, LA, and is Assistant Professor of Art at Louisiana Tech University.

Slaughter has shown his artwork in 15 states. Slaughter’s solo shows include: Lost Signal, Brad Arender Gallery, Monroe, LA, 2008; Elements and Host, Bry Hall, University of Louisiana at Monroe, 2004; Slaughter Sequence, Grambling State University, Grambling, LA, 2003.

Some group highlights include:Louisiana Seven, Masur Museum of Art , Monroe, LA; ADA Gallery Richmond ,VA; Class of 2006, Lantana Projects, Memphis, TN; Homegrown, Winston- Salem, NC; New Currents in Regional Painting, Sarah Moody Gallery, UA, Tuscaloosa, AL; Flotsam Sanctus, Capsule Gallery, Chelsea, NYC; Dirty South, Worm Hole Lab, Miami, FL; Louisiana Biennial, CACNO, New Orleans.


My work is an investigation of how information is transformed, received, and/or absorbed. I am interested in what digital information may look like as it is transformed from one wireless device to the next. I am also interested in examining the multitude of digital devices currently available.

The work’s content references cues from my personal life and is a blend of semi-abstract symbols and the consumer items I have purchased over the years. I collect product how-to manuals from my purchases, find the product PDF’s online, extract them in Illustrator, then twist, distort and combine. Even though my visual language is semi-abstract, I want to allow enough familiar information to serve as a cue for the viewer to recall a memory of his/her own.

Through these signals, cues, and how-tos, I am continuing to play with and explore the transfer of communication information.


NCLAC:  What inspires, influences, and/or drives you as an artist?

JOEY: Simplistic/clever design that has a message and can make people think and feel. 

NCLAC:  Which do you think is smarter for a working artist: pricing work affordably to make it more accessible or pricing work high to make it more precious? Why?

JOEY:  I personally believe with my type of work it is best to make it more affordable, to make it available.  I like for my work to be in other peoples hands, friends and anyone else who wants to surround themselves with it.

NCLAC:  As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

JOEY: Astronaut.