See a time lapse of the installation of a new water tower mosaic sculpture lifted onto the roof at the Coakley Brothers Co. building in Milwaukee. Video by Mike De Sisti
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The human race has harbored a hair fetish since time immemorial. As “the naked ape” shed bodily fur, the effluence atop the head mushroomed in significance.

Hamilton Street Gallery in Bound Brook pays homage to the “crowning glory” of the human form in the juried group exhibition, “Lather, Rinse, Repeat.” The show features hair-themed work by 33 artists in a multiplicity of styles and media.

“Be it curly, flat, thick, thinning, frizzy, fly-away, or pin straight, hair leaves a lasting impression,” said Joan Sonnenfeld, who co-owns the gallery with her husband, Brian McCormack. “The selected artists were adventurous in providing a wide scope of subject matter illustrating the many customs and rituals involved in hair culture.”

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The exhibit includes paintings, collage, sculpture, photography, colored pencil, watercolor, found objects, pen and ink, and more. Karmic significance connects the art with the venue.

“The space that Hamilton Street Gallery now occupies was once a hair salon,” McCormack said.

Performance artist Norah Gunn revived the salon association by cutting her own hair in a piece titled “Acting in Spite of My Mother’s Hands,” enacted during the Sept. 16 opening reception.

“The act of cutting hair is symbolic of letting go while also being a sign of a need for change,” Gunn said. “Cutting my own hair gives me complete control of how…