An artist I knew in grad school once tried to “take back the rainbow.” He made paintings and quilts of himself with rainbows growing out of or over him. It's unclear who he wanted it back from. Civil rights campaigners? Benetton T-shirts? The Care Bears? But he clearly wanted it to himself and wanted it to be simple, not symbolic. In “Adult Roman Numeral Thirty” at Steve Turner Contemporary, Michael Decker has installed a rainbowlike arc of teddy bear cutouts, candles and other things. Aphorisms and collectibles, including hacked-up decorative-glass bowls, constitute the show, and it feels like an effort to take back sentimentality from craft culture and turn cute inside out. 6026 Wilshire Blvd.; through Dec. 17. (323) 931-3721,

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 19. Continues through Dec. 17, 2011

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