Al Margen, an Argentine illustrator who calls his drawings “children of boredom, nonconformity or anger” paints bleak portraits of our society which are a probing depiction of humanity today. Exploring themes such as consumerism, technology, media and relationships, Margen’s noir drawings are dark but humorous, scary yet witty.
The author claims these are works that are not drawn in order to please or even to be seen at all, which is perhaps what has endeared them to so many. In fact, they look as if they were almost made to shock and shake people out of some kind of stupor, which Magren himself confirms saying his drawings were made to were born to “annoy because they show the imperfect.” In the description of his Facebook page, which has been liked almost 34,000 times, the Buenos Aires artist also refers to his work as the ‘garbage of the subconscious’; although he believes his is a work “born on the margins, almost without intention”, his illustrations have proven to have a unique knack of describing the human condition today, as proven by the publicity they have garnered so far.
Here are some of the best works from Al Margen.