Oakland's Important Projects does it again with their current show by Maren Miller, a Brooklyn artist who uses the gallery's compact space to brilliant effect. Her fat worm of a fabric sculpture (pictured here) may be lying flaccid on the floor of the gallery but it also pushes up against the baseboards of the room, testing the limits of the space. It is beautifully constructed, and for some reason is emblazoned with the alphabet. The only other work in the room is a shaped painting taking on the form of stretched animal skin that hangs on one wall near the door so that you don't even notice it until you turn away from the sculpture. Too stylized to be true trompe l'oeil, as a recognizable object it nevertheless creates a point of contrast to the mysteries of the sculpture. I actually see a lot of humor in Miller's work, Claes Oldenburg with a contemporary twist. And instead of overexplaining she lets us formulate our own narratives.