WHO ARE BEATRIX*JAR?
For over a decade, Bianca Janine Pettis and Jacob Aaron Roske have worked in collaboration challenging perceptions of what sound “could be” through live performances, hands-on audio workshops and audio playgrounds. From 2003 - 2013 Beatrix*Jar toured extensively leading hands-on circuit bending workshops paired with live performances.
BIANCA JANINE PETTIS (BEATRIX)
Bianca Janine Pettis was born in Denver, Colorado.
She is a professional artist based in Minneapolis, MN. She studied acting in the North Carolina School of Arts Pre-Professional Acting Program and went on to get a BA from Antioch College and an MFA from the University of Minnesota.
Pettis started acting as a teenager with the Charlotte, NC based Teen Family Theatre Troupe: Focus. Since 2003, she's worked in tandem with her husband, Jacob Aaron Roske, as the sound art duo Beatrix*Jar. From 2003 - 2014, Beatrix*Jar toured the country leading hands-on circuit bending workshops paired with live sound collage performances. Their work has been featured at major art museums such as the Walker Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the High Museum in Atlanta and the ICA in Boston. Beatrix*Jar was awarded a Minnesota Composers Forum Subito Grant and a Bush Fellowship in Media Arts (2010). They've released three albums of note: "I Love You Talk Bird", "Golden Fuzz" and "Art Star".
Pettis discovered herself as a visual artist in 2016, while enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota. As a student in the Art Department she explored painting and printmaking. Her solo work was featured at the Rochester Art Museum's Andy Warhol Exhibition "Minnesota Goes Pop". After graduating in 2017, she was commissioned to paint a mural for the Salvation Army Harbor Lights in Minneapolis and received a Jerome Residency for emerging print makers at the HighPoint Center for Printmaking.
JACOB AARON ROSKE (JAR)
Jacob Aaron Roske was born in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota.
Get out your Speak and Spell and play along with Bianca Janine Pettis and Jacob Aaron Roske, who make up the sound art duo Beatrix*Jar! Think not of them as trained musicians, but as connoisseurs of sound that use found keyboards, battery powered children's toys, and a whole lot of circuits as paintbrushes on the ear. They've traveled extensively over the past twelve years spreading the good word of do-it-yourself electronics and music with hands-on circuit bending workshops and conceptual sound art performances. Their work has been featured at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in conjunction with the Tara Donovan Exhibit, the Hammer Museum in LA, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Wexner Arts Center in Columbus, Ohio.
After watching them play once, you will find it hard not to get involved in the action. Beatrix*Jar were awarded a Bush Foundation Fellowship and look forward to attending more rummage sales and thrift stores in search of your Dora the Explorer and Elmo sound toys with their hard earned loot!
WHO WE’VE WORKED WITH
Walker Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA), Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles, CA), MIA (Minneapolis), TANK NY (New York, NY), Minnesota Museum of American Art, Soap Factory (Minneapolis, MN), Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio), Erie Art Museum (Erie, PA), Zeum (San Francisco), High Mayhem (Santa Fe, New Mexico), Akron Art Museum (Akron, OH), High Museum (Atlanta, GA), Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA), Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus, OH), Milwaukee College of Art and Design (Milwaukee, WI), American Composers Forum, Bakken Museum (Minneapolis, MN), Hennepin Theatre Trust (Minneapolis, MN), Public Art St. Paul (St. Paul, MN), Minnesota Children’s Museum (St. Paul, MN), Wright State Art Gallery (Dayton, OH), University of Minnesota Twin Cities - Art Department (Minneapolis, MN), Northern Spark (Minneapolis, MN), Ted Talks (Minneapolis, MN), Twin Cities Public Television, The Bindery Projects (St. Paul, MN), SLAM Academy (Minneapolis, MN), MAKE TV, Make Magazine, Antioch College, Springboard for the Arts, Art of This Gallery, and many more.