Currently showing at Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest, Emu Plains is an exploration of the supernatural in “The Visitors: The Australian Response to UFOs and Aliens“. Showcasing the work of 15 different artists, the display incorporates various mediums including painting, installation, sculpture and light work. Catering to UFO enthusiasts, the exhibition additionally features an “evidence room” complete with detailed case files of those who claim to have come face to face with extraterrestrial beings. The catalogue essay was written by Bill Chalker, a prominent UFO researcher who has written numerous publications on the topic, including his most recent “Hair of the Alien: DNA and other Forensic Evidence for Alien Abductions“.
Indigenous Australian, Tony Albert is one of the artists included within the exhibition. Several of his featured works deal with the alien as a symbol for the displacement often felt by the Indigenous community. Luke Roberts dressed as his sci-fi alter ego Pope Alice Xorporation also features within the exhibition. Roberts created Pope Alice a few years ago as a rebellious response to what he views as the “orthodoxy of Australian modernism.” Other artists which feature within the exhibition include Claire Conroy, Simon Champ, Adam Norton and collaborative duo Soda Jerk.