Well it had to happen, it just couldn’t be.
The Untitled name for our group at Salford University – Untitled is a new artists’ group set up in September 2010 by the Salford University Visual Arts faculty. The initiative has been set up to increase opportunities for students, emerging and established artists to collaborate on a series of monthly exhibitions and happenings. – But you knew that didn’t you.
Anyway, Untitled Happenings is in no way linked to Untitled Gallery
But I’m going to have to go have a look at this place, their blurb says……. “Open since May 2010, Untitled Gallery is an exhibition space that occupies a white, intimate room of exposed-brick walls in the basement of the Friends’ Meeting House, a Grade II listed building dating from 1828. Located on Mount Street, Untitled Gallery is Manchester’s newest commercial gallery specialising in contemporary art, with forthcoming exhibitions by Lee Machell and Marc Provins.”
Now it’s Lee Machell that intrigues me, he of Salford University!
Their blurb says ……”Drawings & Matches is a series of drawn studies by Manchester-based artist Lee Machell. Synthesizing elements from a practice that incorporates sculpture, installation, and performative elements in a series of works on paper, Drawings & Matches presents Machell’s experiments with matches as a drawing media, as well as pencil studies of the artist’s sculptural work.
Works such as Bag and Kerbstone (2010) are delicate pencil drawings of Machell’s sculptural works. Stripped of their three-dimensional context, Machell depicts the essential formal characteristics of the original works in a two-dimensional space.
In Bag, a brown paper bag leans against a wall, balancing precariously atop a thin wooden pole. Rendered as a drawing on paper, Bag appears to float without a wall for support, defying gravity as it stands alone surrounded by a white mass of paper.
Kerbstone is a sculpture divided by a charred suture of marks, a horizontal line left by the ignition of adjoining matches. As a pencil drawing on paper, Kerbstone is removed from its context as a floor-based sculpture.
Divested of texture and shadow, only an economical use of line captures the subjects. In this sense the drawings relate not to the material aspect of objects, but rather to their spatial and topographical characteristics.
Machell’s use of matches to delineate various found objects is a process developed in site-specific works in which the residuum of a line of matches set ablaze creates an ephemeral vestige to a process conditioned by its impermanence. In Drawings & Matches, Machell arranges matches around quotidian, mass-produced objects such as an audio cassette and scales, and construction waste such as a piece of tarmac and eroded concrete. A thunderous riot of sparks on paper results in corpse-like traces, an asymmetric negative space framed by scorched shadows:
This unusual process lends a spectral quality to the images, a sharp perimeter created where charred smoke trails meet a void. The object’s presence is paradoxically defined by its absence.
Lee Machell studied at the University of Salford, where he received his BA (Hons) Visual Arts in 2005. After graduating, Machell’s first solo exhibition, Workings (2006) took place at the Chapman Gallery, Salford. Machell has exhibited in group exhibitions in France, Italy, and the UK. Scheduled for November 2011 is a residency at 501 Artspace in Chongqing, China.”
There is more to be found about this guy of course, his own website , which is as barebones as you can get and still appear stylish. It oozes confidence. Seeing more and more sites styled like this at the moment. real bite backs against the Flash and After Effects party that has been going on for all these years. Although I still think a hotmail address is just shite. But more about the guy, “Lee Machell’s work is founded in sculpture and is dominated by performance.”, this intrigues me even more, Mother & Child will have to be performed so I’d like to see if he does anything on opening night! Anyway, google the name, I’ll not get into a whole listing thing going on.
I’ll be there on Friday night for sure!!!