Being a record of what happens when a shadowy public spaces painter sets up in a pub & executes spontaneous, off-kilter, stream-of-consciousness portraits at a rate of one painting per pint, then gives those portraits into the keeping of an ephemeral poet & song lyricist who places a finer point on them by distilling their essences into a line or two of unsettling, witty, & cabalistically penetrating poetic prose, the result being a tome that is one part gargoyle mixed with one part icon and in which you will likely find, DEAR READER, your soul's visage portrayed and your deepest secrets laid bare.
Such is the nature of this book.
No one really knows who Subjects With Objects author DKM is or what he does. He is a mystery even to himself. There are few photos of DKM in existence. There is only one known photo of him with a beard eating a sandwich. The reason that sounds funny is because beards don't eat sandwiches.
"Subjects With Objects" illustrator Jonathan Richter was born in 1972 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended the Otis Parsons Art Institute, and for the past 12 years has been operating an animation and art studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Often described by onlookers as a cross between Egon Schiele and Gomer Pyle, Jonathan produces animation in his studio and produces paintings and other small indiscretions in pubs, restaurants, and other public spaces. Jonathan lives in Nashville with his wife, Verónica and their three children.
"The great thing about painting is that it can pack eternity into a single moment, almost as if God had finally been captured on canvas. In their collaboration Richter and DKM seem giddy to have discovered this." --Critique Magazine, James Disney
"The book is so cleverly evocative that surely you will want to enjoy the rich complexity of the universal, yes, universal truths that lurk in these works of art! ...This is one of the most creative book projects I’ve seen in a long time." --Margie Haack, Notes From Toad Hall
"Strange. Wise. Weird. Insightful.I've never read anything quite like it. I've read it cover to cover several times and each time I've smiled a little wider, scratched my head a little harder, and wondered why everyone doesn't have this thing on their own end table waiting to delight, amuse, and mystify." --Amazon Reviewer, A. Peterson