Eric Vacheresse comes full circle with ‘Gate Keeper’

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When earlier this week Eric Vacheresse showed me around “Gate Keeper,” his new exhibit opening at the Vanderelli Room, he could have literally been walking in his grandfather’s footsteps, being that his grandfather grew up in a McDowell Street housing development that once existed where the Franklinton gallery now stands.

“It’s kind of surreal. It’s almost like I’ve gone full circle,” said Vacheresse, a resident of Franklinton like his grandfather and his great grandfather, who once lived in the apartment above what is now Rehab Tavern. “I’ve always felt a connection to this area, with my grandpa and seeing old photos of him. But I didn’t know he grew up on McDowell until I moved into 129 [Studios]. It felt like it was meant to be. And having one of my first solo shows here at the Vanderelli Room, right next to the lot he grew up on, it’s one of those cool things. It brings me closer to my family.”

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