Dennis McNett:WOLFBATS ARE REAL
Fenris’s sister Hel, before the end of Ragnarok, saw how things were starting to unfold and retreated to the underworld. She managed to survive the fires that covered the world the same way Odin’s sons and the other gods had dodged death. Knowing that if Vidar and the others found out that she was still alive, they would surely kill her, she hid there until 2007. She resurfaced to find the carcass of her brother Fenris, who had been unjustly bound by the gods and destroyed by Odin’s son. Unfortunately all that remained was the giant wolfs head camouflaged as a great mountain. She used her power of resurrection and crossed his head with the wings of a bat so that he could fly the earth and destroy the gods. In celebration, Hel and the new members of the Wolfbat tribe paraded with Fenris down the center of New York City. For the last 6 years the Wolfbat tribe has grown and performed ceremony, sacrifice, and spread the way of the Wolfbat throughout the North American continent. Artifacts from these ceremonies are presented here at Mohs in Copenhagen to show that Wolfbats are indeed real.
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Dennis McNett was born in 1972 and grew up in Virginia Beach, VA. He moved to Brooklyn, New York in 2001 where he later started Wolfbat Studios. He has been carving surly block prints for over 20 years. His encouragement as a kid came from his blind grandfather, who told him over and over again that his drawings were good. Later influences came from the raw imagery pouring out of the early 80's skateboard and punk rock scene. His graphic aesthetic and love for narrative work, folklore, and myth has been translated in many ways and has been displayed internationally. Dennis's work ranges from larger than life Viking
ship performances/parades (Manhattan,Philladelphia,Kansas City, St. Louis), to resurrecting Nordic giants on West Broadway in Manhattan, Dragon slayings in Oklahoma, masks, installations, performance, sculptures, unique wood carvings, traditional relief prints, and graphics. Participating in both the fine art and design worlds, Dennis has been fortunate enough to create series’ for Anti-Hero skateboards, design shoes for Vans, have work fill the windows of Barneys, NY, and participate in the Deitch Artparade. His work has been show internationally and has been featured in The New York Times, Juxtapoz magazine, Thrasher and Complex Magazine. He wants to live until he dies. Breathing is good. www.wolfbat.com
Photos by: Henrik Haven