Kyle Szostek has consistently produced 3D animated art under the alias "Simulation Lab" since 2016. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and has a degree in architecture. His animation work primarily focuses on strange and anxiety-latent narratives which are shrouded behind a visually-pleasing aesthetic.

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©Kyle Szostek, NFT, https://superrare.com/simulationlab

When I was a kid, music was my gateway drug into the world of art. However, I’ve always hated huge concerts and festivals, simply from a logistical perspective. You have to wait in long lines to pee, to get a beer, there’s people taking selfie’s everywhere, it’s a mess. Plus, I'm an introvert so that doesn't help. Although lately, since the pandemic still persists, I find myself reflecting on those big concerts and it makes me miss human interaction in a weird fundamental way. Yeah, festivals are awful, but I’d go to one tomorrow just to have the experience of hanging with some strangers..

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©Kyle Szostek, NFT, https://superrare.com/simulationlab

When it comes to dealing with stress and anxiety, sometimes it feels as if courage and mental-fortitude is a thin film of fragile glass, protecting you from being crushed. This piece is reflection of what it feels to deal with stress and anxiety in a perpetual cycle. However, I've found this cycle can be easily broken by performing meaningful activities that confront it directly. Things like maintaining proper diet, exercise, and making art all help disrupt this cycle of torment.

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©Kyle Szostek, NFT, https://superrare.com/simulationlab

Growing up skating the streets of Chicago, cops were usually quite a hassle. Even to this day, I always see kids skating around NYC, and cops still running around hopelessly chasing these young athletes. This one is a tribute to my youth, which a lot of time was spent aimlessly skating with my friends, contemplating what I wanted to do with my life.

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©Kyle Szostek, NFT, https://superrare.com/simulationlab

There are some pretty solid bakeries in Brooklyn, but the best are in Greenpoint, which is just north of my neighborhood. Whenever I walk my dog up there, I'm on the hunt for donuts. One weekend, while on a said donut excursion, I went into my favorite donut shop to collect some doughy treasures. However, the shop was almost completely sold out! Utterly defeated, I sauntered out of the shop. To my surprise, I saw a group of people with boxes of donuts standing out front. They were eating donuts, laughing, high-fiving, and enjoying their cool lives. So I went home, and I made this animation..

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©Kyle Szostek, NFT, https://superrare.com/simulationlab

"Free Your PC" features distraught office workers expelling their boxes of doom out the windows of their office building of captivity. To coincide with the nature of the office worker's "freeing" their PCs, I've decided to give this NFT away for free. Created with 3ds Max, TyFlow, and After Effects.

Where to buy NFT?
https://superrare.com/simulationlab

Official artist links:
https://www.instagram.com/simulationlab/
https://twitter.com/simulationlab
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfSrfRP9FBPO2vtkAce-WhQ
https://www.facebook.com/simlabinc