Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog: Be a Bandit Hoodie!

Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog: Be a Bandit Hoodie!: Thanks to the grand Poobah of Chicana/o Studies at CSU Fullerton, Alexandro Gradilla, for sending me this stereotype-laden hoodie from Dilla...

Friday, December 16, 2011


All of the lost artifacts from the Mextasy show have shown up via UPS in Laredo!!!!   Wow!  Merry Christmas one and all!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Two More Lost Artifacts from the Mextasy Show...

UPS lost about 1/10 of the Mextasy show last year as it moved from Laredo, Texas, back here to San Diego--here's two artifacts from the show never to be recovered...

Here's the front of the Sani-White box--twice the fun...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

MEXTASY Coming the Colorado in February 2012

alt poster...

The details are still in the works but it looks like this traveling cavalcade of stereotypes, art, resistance, comedy, and more will be landing in Boulder, Colorado at the University of Colorado on Thursday, February 23, 2011.

Look out Boulder (and Denver?), Mextasy is on the way...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mextasy Coming to the University of Guelph, and the University of Western Ontario...

click to make explode (or, at the very least, make big)...

Here's the promo:

Bandit, Succubus, Gigolo, Maid, & Fiend
20th and 21st Century Latina/o Bodies in the Imagination of the Americas

William A. Nericcio
University of Guelph, October 27, 2011 | Thursday

A brief multimedia presentation examining dominant trends in the representation of Latinas and Latinos in American popular culture--from Hollywood to Madison Avenue, specific and damaging visions of Latina/o subjectivity have infected the synapses of Canadians, Americans, and Mexicans alike--these "ethnic mannequins" (Speedy Gonzales, Charo, the Frito Bandito, etc) some to dominate consciousness, leading to the renaissance on racialized hatred currently en vogue in the U.S. from New York to California, from Arizona to Georgia. If Lou Dobbs says that Mexicans are "diseased" and John McCain contends (with a straight) face the illegal immigrants are starting forest fires, and Rush Limbaugh tells his listeners to tell "Mexicans" to go back to their country, what is the result? Research would seem to suggest these collective efforts have led to a resurgence of anti-Latino hate and hate crimes at the very moment demographically that the lands of Uncle Sam are more decidedly Latino/a. The presentation will feature excerpts from Tex[t]-Mex, Eyegiene, the Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog and art from Mextasy.

another poster version, that does not steal
from the one and only robert frank appears next

The day after the Guelph gig, I am lecturing at the University of Western Ontario--a draft of the poster here follows...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mextasy on the Move! Mextasy! Seductive Hallucinations of Latinas/os Prowling the American Unconscious" Coming to Fresno, California (CSUF) and to the University of Guelph! October 2011

Mextasy is on the Move! Mextasy: Seductive Hallucinations of Latinas/os in the American Unconscious is coming to Fresno, California (CSUF) and to the University of Guelph! October 2011

More info to come--the Fresno exhibit will be part of an NEH Conference,"Ethics, Religion, and Civil Discourse", October 13-15, 2011. My presentation is entitled: ""21st Century California Writers Now: Pre- and Post-Apocalyptic Nightmares, Vociferations, and Raptures" and will focus on the work of Myriam Gurba, Michele Serros, Culture Clash, Josh Kun, Oliver Mayer and Gilbert Hernandez.

 The Guelph info is here!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Gallery of Snapshots from the Set-up for the CENTRO CULTURAL San Diego MEXTASY SHOW | Plus promotional posters...

Click the image for the gallerylink--you will be transported
to a facebook page, but you do NOT have to be a member
of facebook to peruse the pictures.....

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mextasy! An Interview-->MEXTASY Lands at San Antonio College, Thursday, September 22, 2011 @ 10:50am NAHC 218

original posting 11/4/10 | revised 12/11/2010 | Revised again, September 2011  

MEXTASY Lands at San Antonio College, Thursday, September 22, 2011 @ 10:50am NAHC 218 

An excerpt from an unpublished interview with Lorena Nava Ruggero

LNR: What is Mextasy? Why did you create it?

WN: Mextasy is an art exhibition featuring outrageous stereotypes of Mexicans and other Latinas/os; additionally, it contains sculptures, drawings, photography, and other media that attack the notion of Mexicans as less-than-human in American mass culture. The show I opened along the Rio Grande river in McAllen (September, 2010) and in Laredo this December, Mextasy, is dedicated to the old motherland and my peculiar fatherland.

Mextasy is more than a representation of ecstasy about or for Mexico; it is about the sensuous tracings Mexican culture leaves both sides of the border. More existential state than archive, Mextasy speaks to the living organism of Mexicanicity as it moves between the bodies of Mexico and the United States--an overt and covert delicious miasma that arouses as it excites, excites as it provokes. ¡Que viva Mexico!, within and without its borders.

LNR: How does Mextasy parallel your book?

WN: Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America features over 200 illustrations, with 16 pages in full color; many of these illustrations are stock representations of Mexicans (the sleeping Mexican, the bandit Mexican, the hot, Latina femme fatale). However, the book also includes original art, digital, photographic and hand-drawn, created by me. You know English Professors are known more for tweed and pomposity than their Picasso-like skills--for that reason I publish all my art under the name of Guillermo Nericcio García, what my name would have been if I had been born 10 blocks south of where I came into the world in Laredo, Texas--a bordertown with Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.

LNR: You're primarily a writer, but this is an art exhibit -- what was it like to create this kind of "content"?

WN: I have been drawing since I was three--I made my own comic book with my sister before I was ten; after that, I was the political cartoonist for my high school newspaper (most infamous drawing? of Vice-Principal Shoup as a zeigheiling facsist for his punitive pedagogy--I was almost expelled and the nuns at St. Augustine tried to censor the paper).

LNR: What will you focus on in your lectures in Texas (I noticed two speaking engagements at libraries)?

WN: I will be focusing on my ongoing forensic work on American visual culture--so I will be dealing with the image of Mexico in the United States but also with our changing optics-obsessed culture in general--from Avatar in 3-D to the IPad, we are living through a watershed moment in textual reproduction where the turn to the visual (the semiotic) is accelerating at a mind-blowing pace. Next year, my new book appears with the University of Texas Press; it is entitled Eyegiene: Permutations of Subjectivity in the Televisual Age of Sex and Race--parts of my talks will be drawn from that work.

LNR: Is there anything else you'd like to add?

WN: I love visiting South Texas--it is like a return to my roots; and though Northern Mexico and South Texas are in cultural chaos right now, the fallout of the Narco Wars hitting this locale hard, I think its important to remind yourself of where you come from. You would think that Southern California and South Texas are the same, but they are like worlds apart.

Friday, September 9, 2011

John McCain Cuts Powerline Outside Yuma in Order to Sabotage CHICANOHOLICS ANONYMOUS at the Centro Cultural de la Raza | Mextasy UPDATE

Mextasy Closing Ceremony Update--click for the link

Ok, so I am lying--at least I will cop to it; McCain, he-who-blames-Mexicans-for-fires, may some day utter a mea culpa; I am not holding my breath.

So Chicanoholics Anonymous did not take place.  I want to apologize for all the inconvenience this caused folks who tried to get to the show; and I want to really thank LOS HOLLYWOOD, Gustavo Arellano, and Josh Kun who ALL actually made it down to the Centro before we had to pull the plug and call it a no-go. A big thank you to Ozzie Monge, Centro producer for MEXTASY and CHICANOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, and to Victor Payan, who was there to the end when we made the call to cancel the show.

Folks have been asking if the show will be rescheduled...  sabrá dios, as my mother would say--god knows.  We are down.  We are disappointed.  But we will be back!

Remember, the MEXTASY show, info below, continues till the Centro closes at 4pm on Saturday--I will probably be at the Centro Saturday afternoon for the last couple of hours and to strike the show after closing.  Come by and check it out!  I will have books and signed prints available.

Thanks to all who ALMOST made this happen!

Bill Nericcio
Textmex, Editor in Chief

Mextasy: Seductive Hallucinations of Latina/o Mannequins Prowling the American Unconscious is a traveling stereotype {freak show/art exhibit} based on the work of William "Memo" Nericcio and Guillermo Nericcio García--it has previously toured appearing in the august hallways of the American Studies Program, Ann Arbor, Michigan (University of Michigan); San Ysidro, California (as Xicanoholic) at theFront, Casa Familiar; McAllen, Texas at South Texas College's Pecan campus Art Gallery; Laredo, Texas at the the Laredo Center of the Arts; at the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa (April 8, 2011); and, most recently, at the Fullerton Public Library!

Mextasy both reflects and expands upon Nericcio's 2007 book with UT Press, Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the Mexican in America. In addition to racist artifacts from American mass culture (the bread and butter of Uncle Sam's unconscious), the show also features works that are "xicanosmotic," that is, works by Mexican-American artists where the delicious tattoo of the Mexican/US frontera is writ large as in the deliriously compelling semiotic tracings of Perry VasquezIzel Vargas, and Marisela Norte.

Mextasy was originally curated by South Texas College (STC) Art and Art History Professor Rachael Freyman Brown, with the assistance of Amanda Alejos (not to mention the meddling of the artist, Guillermo Nericcio García). The Centro Cultural de la Raza show as well as the San Antonio show are curated by Eduardo Santacruz Cortez, Eddie Vasquez, and Brenda Lozano and produced with the assistance of the Centro (especially Ozzie Monge y Brent Beltran).

The Centro Cultural de la Raza will have a FIESTA GALA entitled CHICANOHOLICS ANONYMOUS the night of Thursday, September 8, 2011! Expect a night of delirious surprises with Gustavo Arellano of ASK A MEXICAN fame hanging out and reading pieces from his new book (and fielding questions!????); Josh Kun, wizard music/cultural studies maven (the author of AUDIOTOPIA) reading from new works; Bill "Memo" Nericcio harassing the audience with passages from TEX{T}-Mex, and, closing the night, a live acoustic set by LOS HOLLYWOOD. More to come!    
Like all the images on this page, click to enlarge!

Video teasers? of course....

Gustavo Arellano on the COLBERT REPORT
Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c

Josh Kun with OZOMATLI


promostrips.... mextasy 2011@ the CENTRO!