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Deviant Cartography

Diode Gallery for Electronic Art
514 NW Couch
Portland, Oregon 97215, US (map)

The Diode Gallery for Electronic Art is directly across from Ground Kontrol on Couch between 5th and 6th.



Deviant Cartography presents provocative maps of burglaries, prostitution, murder, and natural disasters in forms that are simultaneously familiar and foreign. What if crime were elevation, or the geography of your city was determined by the density of sex offenders? Doug McCune’s work creates a juxtaposition between macabre subject matter and beautiful visual representation. The maps are equally pleasant and repulsive — stunning and disquieting.

This is the first solo show for Doug McCune. Doug is a San Francisco artist who embraces data exploration and map making in an attempt to come to terms with the chaos of urban environments. He experiments heavily with 3D printing and laser cutting to bring digital forms into physical space. He’s a programmer by trade, an amateur cartographer, and a big believer in using data to understand the world.