Graphic Art courtesy Dennis Calero
COWBOYS AND ALIENS a New Project Concept #djawest : The works of Dan Turvey of Dan Joseph Architects stands as a responsible approach to historic interpretation of western dwellings. His energy conscious designs combine a love of form, local materials, structural expressiveness and nature, defining a style that becomes as much of the surrounding landscape as does the dramatic views surrounding his practical solutions.
At a very basic level the Art of Architecture is often about stirring imagination, interest and excitement; to incorporate a twist of curiosity while seeking a new plane of creativity, says Turvey. “My method has been to consider the arts, literature, music, science and history…inspiring a unique architectural response to a perceived or shared need.”
Recently, a book later turned movie titled “Cowboys & Aliens” featuring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowboys_%26_Aliens has generated inspiration and an exciting new approach for a modern western vernacular. However the movie or story line isn’t so much a source of motivation, says Turvey…but rather the title. For Dan the title “Cowboys & Alien” suggests organic, with site specific queues which are firmly rooted in a western past; while also embracing cutting edge, modern materials and expressions…perhaps best termed as a “Modern Western”.
Dan suggests that it may be helpful to alternatively think about the blending of other extremes like music i.e.: Rock-n-Roll and Country or for instance Mannheim Steamroller’s best selling Christmas melodies; a body of work we all recognize as traditional, holiday standards, which utilize a modern vibe and distinct instrumentation. “Likewise and in the visual world, a Modern Western is about creating a new appearance informed by nature, our past, expressed, mixed and supplemented with a futuristic vision” says Turvey.
To infuse this original concept with momentum and notable, significant credibility, Dan has obtained commitments from Cowboys & Aliens co-author Andrew Foley http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Foley_(writer) and famed graphic artist Dennis Calero (see pic above) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Calero to join Dan Joseph Architects in a collaborative exploration of what it means to be both Cowboy & Alien; or moreover a Modern Western. There is no doubt, says Turvey “that the work product generated by this outstanding team will be worthy of much attention.”
Certainly, this one-of-a-kind collaborative must be informed by site specific solutions and buyer directives; therefore Dan Joseph Architects has publicly announced and welcomes a progressive owner, directing personal preferences of final character, project budgeting and schedule.
Cowboys and Aliens Project Concept inquires are encouraged to contact Dan Joseph Architects http://www.djawest.com/ with any questions or to just simply talk more in depth on the themed project shared.
In closing…Cowboys and Aliens is perhaps the best contemporary Western Movie ever made; the actors are credible, authentic and unforgettable. The various scenes demonstrate the importance of perception, perspective, time and place woven within the fabric of a modern story line captured at its very best moments; the music is appropriate and moving…supporting a theme that gently nudges the viewer backwards in time, when life was simple and valor most admired.