The Untitled Gallery is tucked away in a discreet part of the centre of Manchester. The entrance, a small door on the side of a dominating building, proved to be quite hard to find. What it demonstrates, however, is that often the most interesting work is found in unexpected places. I went to see the current show, by Lee Machell, entitled Drawings and Matches. Upon approach, the work seems timid; intricate works on white paper are subtle in the small, white room but they truly radiate with beauty and interest.

It is clear that everyday objects fascinate Machell, as he highlights their beauty for his viewers to perceive. A series of work is presented in which the artist has used burning matches as the media; literally drawing with matches. The paper seems to continue to burn around the silhouettes. The heat emanates from the paper as the objects coolly burn like the distant sun.

Also displayed are pencil representations of some of the sculpture that play an integral role in Machell's work. Like the match drawings, these simple drawings forge beauty from the everyday. The corresponding sculpture to one of the drawings is also on display. A paper bag rests on top of a pole, as if disregarding gravity. The drawing again seems to defy any notion of usual rules, as the minimal lines are suspended on the page. In both, the objects are broken into their most simple forms. As these shapes are echoed across both the sculpture and the two-dimensional representation, Machell engagingly creates unlimited dimensions and points of interest from his basic starting point.

Throughout this body of work, Machell remains sensitive to his media and subject matter, letting them speak for themselves. It may be surprising how articulate such basic objects can be. The works are innovative in media and design and unlike anything I have previously come across.

Although the small gallery cannot offer much in the way of time consuming, Machell's show works in harmony with some of the other current exhibitions in the city. The gallery resides close to the Manchester City Gallery, which is currently showing Recorders by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. This body of work similarly draws upon objects of the everyday to exhibit them with a quirky twist.

Lee Machell graduated from Salford University in 2005 and has since had numerous exhibitions in the North of England as well as in France and Italy. Based on this work, I hope he continues to exhibit more and more prominently and I look forward to following developments in his work, hopefully with even more surprising use of media. The exhibition is showing currently until the 20th of February and plays a valuable role in the current art scene of Manchester.

Exhibition runs from 8th January-20th February 2011.