"I'm interested in distractions," Justin Meldal-Johnsen says while showcasing his Los Angeles studio, gesturing to an old basketball and an original Nintendo NES that linger in the lounge space. The well-lit studio, which he's dubbed Chez JMJ, lies in a duplex in the heart of the hipster-filled Sunset Junction area. It's filled with various items that urge visitor participation--Meldal-Johnsen wants his artists to have instant access to tactile things.

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