A true innovator in the realm of pop culture, artist Stanley Miller known as Mouse after illustrating numerous notebooks with his signature rodent sketch, forever changed the face of graphic design with his famous 60s posters and album cover art. Stanley Mouse is recognized as one of the “Big Five” American poster artists.
In 1964 Mouse migrated to San Francisco where he first met and worked with the artists associated with Family Dog, the organization producing dance concerts at the Avalon Ballroom. The Art Nouveau movement influenced Mouse’s psychedelic poster work; he experimented broadly with composition, lettering, symbolism, flashing colours, swirling visual patterns and imagery incorporating human and commercial images that resonated both the hippie culture and the ballroom dance concerts.
Some of his posters also took their inspiration from cultural dialogues involving Eastern images and traditions.
One Mouse poster takes the Buddhist koan concept to heart directly. Inside a classic Art Deco-style frame a series of unconnected images including yellow flowers, a shinning sun and an X-ray of a human hand. The goal, he said later, was for the images to work together in and allusive fashion to suggest meaning rather than provide it; “I called it my Haiku poem, because I saw it as a series of visual syllables.” This poster became known by fans and collectors as the “Cosmic Collage”.