Who: Reynard Adrianto, motion designer
His aesthetic: Adrianto (@reygular) offers a wry and witty take on what he finds on social media and real life objects.
For example, a recent work depicts a cluster of surveillance cameras – an increasingly ubiquitous fixture in cities. In his hands, he’s transformed its Orwellian connotations into something more jovial, animating the cameras so that they seem to be performing a jaunty synchronised dance.
Other animations possess a hint of social commentary such as Jakarta Sinking, which visualises the Indonesian capital’s infamous rising sea levels with a loop of boats cruising against the city’s skyline.
Then there are the videos with his signature toy-like sets, where strong colours, geometric shapes and loops of particular objects (very often, lustrous spheres) make their way through what appears to be an obstacle course.
The diverse array is intentional, says Adrianto. “Rather than having a specific aesthetic or visual outcome, what remains consistent across all my videos is the intention to mesmerise and gratify the viewer.”
What got him started: “I jumped into animation mainly due to my sense of curiosity. I have always been interested in movies since I was young. But because I was a kid and didn’t have the funds to actually make movies, I started picking up animation programs, and grasped the ins and outs of them to create my own narratives.”
On Singapore’s animation scene: “The industry is still very young, and even more so in terms of 3-D animation. The downside to this is that the most influential 3-D voices and styles are not from here, but international.
However, because we have a small number of animators, we’re all well-connected to one another. I get motivation and inspiration from my fellow artists and animators, and I can’t thank them enough for that.”
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