The promotional flyer for HalloWolfbat described the event as “a visual assault” by Dennis McNett, the Virginia based illustrator, printmaker, and woodworker. Though the ceiling- high sculptures McNett built for the show were actually beautiful- intricate and well-built, their physical course throughout the night spoke to that assault factor. It was a strange experience, as an audience member, to witness the ‘battle’ between these boxy, carefully decorated creatures and even stranger to watch them become mobile.
On this particular night of Halloween weekend, the House of Vans was completely transformed in honor of the occasion. In place of the skate ramp, there stood a wall separating the public from the preparations, itself wildly painted with motifs from McNett’s work. Inspired by legend and lore, the artist depicts mythological and supernatural ideas in a style that’s tattoo-like, regal, and definitely metal. That night, the performance would merge into sets by metal bands, and the ‘assault’ would become not only visual, but sonic and experiential as well.