Hello, I’m Freddie Yauner - I enjoy holding a mirror up to the world - sometimes quite literally.
My work explores how the human drive for continual growth has impacted people and planet. I want to bring people into the unfamiliar, sometimes implicating myself or going to ridiculous lengths to shift viewers’ perspectives. I’m serious and funny, trying to make complex ideas or issues simple to digest.
As an artist that uses different media for different subjects, I come at things in curious ways to be able to reach a range of audiences. I’ve made viral videos of world record breaking toasters and digital fire exit signs that give hardworking pictograms a rest. I paint portraits of CEO’s using pigment made of pollen, take walks wearing a mirrored mask and spend the first three months each year trying to become William Morris.
My work has been exhibited and collected internationally and is included in the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Design Museum, London and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
I live and work in London.
My art practice takes cues from my background in design and social change. I have a deep belief that cultural outputs can be a social catalyst.
I studied Design at the Royal college of Art, graduating with distinction. I’ve taught and lectured at the Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths and Central St. Martins. Whilst working at Northumbria university I co-founded The Design Disruption research group and published widely including in the Design journal on the extent to which youtube can be used to extend and promote the kinds of debate that critical design seeks to create.
I co-founded a digital health community, where I use arts approaches for social impact to fill gaps in health provision. Receiving funding from the Wellcome Trust totalling more than one million pounds to deliver community science communication programmes and being recognised as one of the first ‘New Radicals’ by Nesta and The Observer.
I believe that Art can carry important and urgent ideas and start new conversations - and in doing so is a vital lever for change.