Call For Entries: Open 3d Competition At Harbor Village Gallery
Dave Rivas’ “Parallax” forged titanium, winner of 2007 3D Open Competition.
Dave Rivas’ “Parallax” forged titanium, winner of 2007 3D Open Competition.

Buenaventura Art Association announces a “Call for Entries” for the 2nd annual 3D Open Competition. The juror for this event is sculptor Ken Bortalazzo.
Entry fees are $12.00 for members of Buenaventura Art Association and $18.00 for non-members. Cash prizes will be awarded. The exhibit will run from Oct. 1 – Nov. 3 with the awards reception after the Kinetic Sculpture Race in the Ventura Harbor on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 5 – 8 pm. Entry forms can be picked up at either the Buenaventura Gallery, the Harbor Village Gallery or at
Ken Bortolazzo's sculptures are an invitation to examine the dichotomy between object and nature, and to ultimately, explore the possibilities that dwell within that vision.
At once substantial and delicate, his metal works can be a metaphor for both human sturdiness and frailty. With a lifetime of hands-on experience, Bortolazzo tackles the larger issues of man-made versus nature and merges it with a rare sensitivity.
Bortolazzo discovered his creative passion for welded sculpture at an early age. Working primarily in mild and stainless steel as well as bronze, copper, silver and gold, he collaborated with many prominent artists, including Julio Agostini, Kenneth Noland and most importantly, George Rickey. During their twelve year working relationship, Ken evolved from studio assistant to Rickey’s acknowledged colleague. He remains a conservator of Rickey's work for the estate. Bortolazzo skillfully mastered the use of stainless steel and the custom designed pivots and bearings used in Rickey's renowned kinetic works.
This valuable experience inspired Bortolazzo's own work, and his highly geometric shapes soon emerged with greater regularity; taking on a persona of their own. Today Bortolazzo's sculptures span many artistic modes, from small, intimate pieces and works of kinetic playfulness to large monumental sculpture. He brings aesthetics, science, mechanical skill and an illusionist's insight to all he creates.
His early fascination of complex puzzles is evident in Ken’s intricate interlocking geometric forms. These structured sculptures subtly suggest their beginnings in the natural order of things: the rhythm and sequence of breaking waves, rock formations and plant growth. His large works play with light and scale, and reference the post-industrial landscape. His later kinetic works feature dynamic optical effects. Constructed out of burnished perforated stainless steel, they move and create a physical phenomenon known as optical interference patterns, a moiré effect. Bortolazzo's sense of craftsmanship defies the challenge of the material used, and each work finds a delicate balance between solidity and lightness.
Currently being shown extensively on the West Coast, Bortolazzo's sculpture can be seen in regional galleries, museums and public collections, including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Museum of Outdoor Art, Denver and Microsoft corporate headquarters, Seattle. His work is also collected and represented throughout the United States, England, Japan and New Zealand.
The Harbor Village Gallery is located at 1591 Spinnaker Dr , Suite 117C, Ventura, California, Phone: (805) 644 – 2750. Open noon – 5. Closed Tuesdays.