«There is no such thing as a flat surface.»
At first, this may seem like an odd and perhaps even somewhat provocative statement. Upon further consideration, however, it turns out to be nothing but a plain truth – for once it is sufficiently magnified, everything which we perceive as a flat surface reveals itself to be a relief, a landscape with peaks and troughs.
A flat surface is a mirage, an illusion – and the perfect example of how the world around us is often very different than we imagine.
This statement of David Pflugi reveals a philosophical principle that has strongly influenced his art right from the start: While visiting a quarry in his youth, he started seeing shapes and sculptures within the stone fragments there. His resulting fascination with stone as a medium was immediate. Wishing to breathe life into the stones, he learned the stone sculptor's trade. It was this professional training which laid the groundwork for his remarkable spatial imagination. Alongside this, David Pflugi nurtured an enthusiasm for painting, taking a particular interest in the works of Picasso, Dalí, and Escher.
The coming together of these distinct froms of art was later to form the foundation of his creative oeuvre.
Through the union of sculpture and painting, David Pflugi creates three-dimensional objects, which he then adorns with two-dimensional images. Each of these, however, can only be discovered when the work is seen from a specific perspective. Depending on one's angle of view, entirely new images and scenes result, and in the spaces between those, forms and figures – a wild dance of untamed colour. The process of viewing these works of art becomes a journey of discovery, on which every step reveals new surprises.
In addition to sculpting and painting, he also integrates people and new media into his art. This is most apparent in his performances, which have taken place all over the world. Through his creative endeavours, David Pflugi wants to both move people and get people moving. By changing their own position, the observers can discover new perspectives. What is asked of them in return is an almost child-like sense of curiosity, and openness towards the unexpected. This leap of faith is then rewarded with the expanding of their horizons, an almost infinite abundance of perspectives.
Since the beginning of his creative career, one of David Pflugi's core concerns has been to help people in need through his art. Of particular importance to him are the fates of suffering children in developing countries, especially with regard to education opportunities.
In 2019, funds from David Pflugi's creative projects helped build «Alena’s Love - Daycare for Precious Children», a care home for children with disabilities in South Africa, which is run by the «Timion» Foundation.
A charitable foundation of David Pflugi's own has been set up in order to ensure that the use of funds for charitable purposes from the proceeds of the Victory Works Collection can be traced and verified from the first to the last step. In this way, it can be guaranteed that the funds are used sensibly and go to their intended purpose in their entirety.