«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. Within this observation lies a philosophical principle that is central to the artistic oeuvre of David Pflugi.
In the 25 years since he devoted his life to the full-time creation of art, David Pflugi has become the creator of approximately 1500 works so far, ranging from small objects to room-size sculptures. His achievements in this time have been remarkable: Although he has remained fully independent throughout his career to date, his works have proved highly successful in the market. Works by David Pflugi are on display as permanent installations in public spaces in several locations internationally, including the Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Performances organised by him in various locations internationally, including the Acropolis in Athens and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, were the subject of global media attention.
What is most deserving of attention is the nature of his artistic output: David Pflugi is the creator of a completely unprecedented style of art, which he has named Fusionism. Fusionism brings together the disciplines of sculpting and painting, merging them with new media, the human body, and cutting-edge technology. In its most basic form, fusionist art consists of creating sculptures and reliefs, and then adorning them with multiple highly complex, painted anamorphic illusions. The individual motifs are fully discernible only when a work is viewed from certain specific perspectives. Viewers are therefore forced to move around before an object in order to acquaint themselves with its secrets, constantly questioning their own previously held assumptions about the work they are viewing.
This technique allows David Pflugi to juxtapose different motifs and subjects, exploring their contrasts and commonalities. In the spaces between these motifs, the images collapse into a wild dance of abstract visuality and untamed colour. The process of viewing a work becomes a journey of discovery, requiring almost child-like curiosity and playfulness, as well as great openness of mind.
What began as an evolution of cubism brought into the third dimension has since become something far greater, arousing not only public acclaim and the keen interest of collectors, but also academic attention.
„David Pflugi does not demand contemplation, not observation, but movement. He does not offer mysterious unambiguousness, but sensitivity for the layers of reality.“
Prof. Dr. Manfred Faßler
of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe university in Frankfurt am Main, Germany