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Kate Newby, Two aspirins a vitamin C tablet and some baking soda, 2015, mixed media. Installation view. Photo: Fredrik Nilson.

Kate Newby

Laurel Doody

Kate Newby, Two aspirins a vitamin C tablet and some baking soda, 2015, mixed media. Installation view. Photo: Fredrik Nilson.

“The main thing is to tell a story,” Frank O’Hara declares in “Fantasy,” which appeared in his seminal 1964 collection Lunch Poems. In the text, O’Hara slaloms back and forth between daydreams of Helmut Dantine, the Nazi antihero of the 1943 film Northern Pursuit, and tending to an ailing Allen Ginsberg, who spends the poem wrestling with indigestion behind a bathroom door. The story the poet tells has no single narrative but skitters between reverie and a makeshift recipe for Alka-Seltzer.

Kate Newby borrowed O’Hara’s formula—“two aspirins a vitamin C tablet and some baking soda”—as the title for both her exhibition and its sole work. The multimedia installation was on view at Laurel Doody, a gallery nested in the second floor of a residential complex on a tree-lined street just off Wilshire Boulevard’s Miracle Mile. Like the poet before her, Newby emphasizes the quotidian

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