For the 12th year in a row, the Loft at Liz’s presents its beloved Diverted Destruction exhibition, curated group shows featuring artists who use salvaged and reclaimed materials to create original collage, assemblage and installation-based art.

As a purveyor of antique hardware that is itself often saved from a trip to the junkyard in a diamond-in-the-rough sort of way, these shows are close to the curator’s heart, and always feature artist talks and workshops that address the specific dynamics of upcycling in art history. Many but not all of the artists included already use these techniques in their work and are happy to share the source-material anecdotes and imaginative sparks that animate their practices.

The Loft at Liz’s, 453 S. La Brea, Mid-Wilshire; artists talk: Wed., Aug. 7, 7-9 p.m.; through Aug. 19; free. (323) 939-4403,

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