Stephen Harger

Jack Glenn Gallery

Jack Glenn’s gallery has a lot going for it (the breathing space of off-La Cienega, a relatively untapped Orange County market, and some New York heavies in the stable) and a few items mitigating against it (an unbelievable beige velour interior which swallows light in great whalelike gulps, a predilection for prettiness). Hard by is the University of California at Irvine, which, together with Cal Arts way out in Valencia, is Mecca for ambitious art students aiming for the 1973 Whitney Annual, and Glenn has given a show to one of its recent graduates, Stephen Harger. Harger’s work is worth noting because it seems typical (if not inevitable) of what happens in California to the Group Zero/Soho impetus to shove art closer to a profound near nothing; it’s as if Piero Manzoni had been a surfer. Harger’s pieces are only marginally different among themselves: five by eightfoot sheets of clear

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