Starvoice • 11.04.11

By Jack FertigHMatarazzo

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Heather Matarazzo turns 29 on Thursday. The actress made her name early as Dawn Weiner in the 1995 indie Welcome to the Dollhouse. She went on to star in The Princess Diaries, Scream 3 and, most recently, Mangus! which was shot in Dallas by Texas filmmaker Ash Christian. She recently contributed to The Huffington Post a piece on growing up gay and religious.

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THIS WEEK

Mars opposes Neptune just before going into Virgo. Showing off an excessive aggression or internalized anger will exact a price that you’ll have to pay very soon. Meditation and swimming help, but contact sports are dangerous. You may go overboard with creative hobbies, but those excesses can draw out inner truths.

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SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Self-consciousness provokes you to overdo things, hurting yourself or complicating your work. Think less about yourself, more about your partner: committed, for the moment or hypothetically.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Mixed messages and rumors hurt your reputation. Defensiveness makes it worse. Look at the problem as one to heal with good humor, even at your expense. Clear it up.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
You’re over-competitive at work. Pay attention to nagging inner voices. They can help correct your perspective even if you don’t like what they say. Charity work will also do you much good.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Don’t take personal criticisms too seriously. You don’t need to prove your intellectual prowess, but you may need to admit to your limitations so you can expand your wisdom.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Give yourself room to be a drama queen to let frustrations out. Friends will be a lot more supportive than you expect. Being too nice can work against you; focus on being just nice enough.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
An ego trip has a hard landing. Your ruler Mars opposing Neptune makes it hard to know whether you’re offering too much or too little. Someone who knows your heart best can tell you how big it really is.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Your erotic charms are irresistible. How you use them tells a lot about your values. You’re better off keeping your reputation clean. Honesty and strategy are crucial to winning at work.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
You can charm your partner into almost anything, but use this openness to work on issues in your relationship. The high-minded approach is harder but yields better results.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
This week’s full moon brings out your wild. Shocking friends, making new ones and starting some titillating gossip. Enemies at work try to use that against you. Turn it to your advantage.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Arguments with your partner are based on misunderstanding and overreactions. More empathy would help. Worries about money are exaggerated. The outlook will improve very soon.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Channel your worries into exercise. Swimming and martial arts are best. A wave of domestic bliss offers serious improvements. Sexual competition is fun; taking it seriously can get dangerous.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Sometimes your charm comes too easily. Overdoing it can alienate some people. What does your partner think about your flirtations? Accept criticism graciously and think seriously about it.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 4, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Hill has eyes

mgpSELF TAUGHT DIVA | Steven D. Hill, top, combines his flair for drama, color and makeup in his self-portrait; right, two of his fashion shots are more monochromatic but undeniably sexy and eye-catching.

Photographer and makeup artist Steven D. Hill knows how to bring the drama

STEVEN LINDSEY  | Contributing Writer
stevencraiglindsey@me.com

When Steven D. Hill decided to showcase his two talents — photography and dynamic makeup artistry — in a local exhibit, he was turned down by every gallery he approached. Rather than accept defeat, he pooled his resources and produced one all on his own.

It’s not his first time making himself over. In college, Hill took courses in fashion design and makeup for the stage, but it wasn’t until after graduation that he discovered his talent for photography. Other than skimming through a photography how-to book, he’s completely self-taught. Hill has already made a name for himself in the local fashion community through his work on both sides of the camera.

“To be honest, my technique and point of view came from trial and error,” he says. “The talent was there, I didn’t know.”SG1L7107

It isn’t all just an ego trip Hill. At 26, he is ready for his art to help give back. On Aug. 18, his Heads with HeARTS exhibit debuts, benefiting Vogel Alcove, an organization dedicated to helping homeless children. (Admission is free, but patrons are asked to bring an in-kind donation such as toys, arts supplies and clothing for children aged six weeks to 5 years.)

Hill takes the principles he learned from design communication and color theory and translates that to what he sees through his camera lens. His specialty is shockingly fashion-forward imagery with splashes of supersaturated color contrasted to moody monochromes.

“I believe the interactive media side of my studies taught me how to better understand composition and how to communicate through design,” he says. “It’s my art. I really enjoy creating art and capturing it through the lens of a camera, using the unique forms of light to DSC_0205create an amazing photograph. Just like a painter, it takes tools to produce a great image.”

Hill says that his photography is his way of expressing his artistic creativity through the power of a digital process. He describes his photographic style as the foundation of fashion, pop culture and media combined — a twist on fashion and photography.

His interest in makeup, however, came years before he ever thought about looking through a lens.

“I watched my mother in the bathroom as she prepared for her day,” he says. “I have always felt the power behind what she was doing.”

That inspiration led him to the path he’s on today.

“I admire the fact how you are able to recreate the appearance of someone. How the smallest amount of color can make the pupil appear different; how lining the eye makes it pop.

“Adding false lashes changes a person 50 percent,” Hill says. “It just shocks me how people feel once I do my job as a makeup artist. It’s lovely to hear people say, ‘You just made my day, only because you made me feel beautiful.’”

His main goal in makeup is to make people feel different and look like something other than their normal selves.

“Transformation!” Hill declares. “While the traditional use of makeup is to enhance beauty, it can be used to create illusion. I do not confine its use to the standards necessary for a typical photo shoot.”

It’s clear he has a flair for the unusual. His style ranges from showcasing models who look like they’re wearing no makeup at all to avant garde uses of color and texture to create an otherworldly, super-glam aesthetic.

A rising star, he continues to evolve and learn new aspects of both his complementary crafts, while continuing to showcase them in tandem. There’s still room for him to grow and though doors have been shut in the past for the young artist, his perseverance will surely find them opening faster than ever. This year, he had the pleasure of working with Grammy -winning recording artist Erykah Badu, but that’s just the beginning of the climb for this artist whose aspirations have him dreaming really big. His ultimate goal, he says, is “to become internationally known, make a name for myself.”

The second part is already falling into place, so he’s definitely off to a great start.

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Carved in stone

If anyone can appreciate rock-hard abs, it’s a gay man. And Scott Gentry knows how to create them in several ways: For himself, through rigorous sit-ups; and for his subjects, a hammer and chisel. And both require a lot of work.
Gentry used to call Dallas home, but he’s been in North Carolina in recent years, working on a degree in nursing while still pursuing his stone sculpture art.

Gentry gets a homecoming or sorts on Saturday, when he returns to Dallas for a showing of some of his latest work (which includes phenomenal male nudes that approximate discoveries in the ruins of Mycenae) with a one-night-only event at The Brick. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from sales that night will benefit Resource Center Dallas. Just think: You go to a bar and can take home a hunk. And you don’t even have to buy him a drink.
— Arnold Wayne Jones

Scott Gentry: Expressions in Stone, The Brick,
2525 Wycliff Ave., suite 120.
Aug. 13, 7–11 p.m.
ScottGentrySculpture.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 12, 2011.

 

—  Kevin Thomas