A diagonal look

Francesc Miralles · La Vanguardia · 27 June 1997

Modest Almirall (Barcelona, 1959) presents a score of mixed technique works on canvas that introduce us to a world based on the strictest geometricity. But his is far from being a cold geometry; rather it contains a structure with architectural elements that imposes itself through its individualised composition: it suggests rather than explains. To further relax the straight line, he introduces into his canvases small figures that, without doubt, fulfil their structural task while at the same time bringing us closer to a humanised narrative. However, the force of his constructions – especially of “Una freda escalfor” (A cold warmth) and “A voltes la sort” (Sometimes luck) – is sufficient to beckon us to follow him into a world as his suggestive as his is.