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Antonakis, Study of Kouros place (Mike just lost his tooth at the skate ramp), 2015, oil on canvas, 24 1/4 × 36 1/4".

David Sampethai and Antonakis

Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery

Antonakis, Study of Kouros place (Mike just lost his tooth at the skate ramp), 2015, oil on canvas, 24 1/4 × 36 1/4".

“Two Johns” was the visual articulation of a movie not yet made. The exhibition was a collaboration between two young artists, David Sampethai and Antonakis, who together wove an elaborate narrative that involves a vampire and a werepanther—the Two Johns—and their “sworn eternal enemy (Mr. Grin),” a tower and a pink mansion on the island of Naxos, and a series of “unexpected events.” The result was a show that introduced a narrative stitched together from set pieces, disconnected scenes, and character studies presented by two artists in very different ways.

The tale was told in the main gallery space through paintings and illustrations hung in a dense, salon-style spread across four walls, evocative of a storyboard. It started with a pairing of two works on one wall that exemplified the differences in each artist’s style. The first was Haunted House, 2015, Sampethai’s

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