'At What Point Is the Wax No Longer Wax?'
Wax is so different under differing conditions that only thinking makes it wax
, Descartes wrote. California artist Amir Zaki makes trees and photographs seem just as contingent. Are these oddly shaped trunks and stumps suburban mutants
that have been caught in a strange light at night, or did Zaki alter them? It's a well-trod theme in photography, but Zaki's images are fresh, neither stagy nor naturalistic, but alien in a surprisingly familiar way
. (James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. 11 am—5 pm, free