6th December 2022 – (Hong Kong) At 10.30pm yesterday, a man surnamed Wong (31 years old) met 4 men at a petrol station near Hoi Tak Street, Tsuen Wan to sell and deliver 4 Deconstructed Mouse figures by Matt Gondek with a total value of about 130,000 Hong Kong dollars.
The victim put the 4 Deconstructed Mouse figures in wooden boxes on a trolley and waited for the buyers. Not long after, the 4 showed up. During the delivery of the collectibles, one of them threatened the victim with a hammer. The 4 them snatched the Deconstructed Mouse figures and fled separately. He then shouted for help. Among them, three thieves intercepted a taxi to leave the scene. Later, the victim tried to hold door of the taxi tightly with his hands to prevent the thieves from leaving. During the commotion, the suspects got out of the taxi and fled while all the figures were thrown on the ground.
In the incident, the victim lost a Deconstructed Mouse figure worth about HK$50,000. The police rushed to the scene but found nothing, so they surrounded the scene of the robbery for investigation. The taxi driver was also present to help investigate the incident.
It is reported that the buyer chatted with one of the purported buyers on the WeChat application earlier, and later the other party expressed his intention to buy the Deconstructed Mouse Figures. They are one of Matt Gondek’s 2018 works with only 50 limited pieces in the world.
The estimated price for each figure on the auction website was HK$30,000 to HK$40,000 and the latest transaction price was HK$50,000. The stolen figure is a lacquered bronze sculpture, about 28.5 by 15 by 17 cm, with an original wooden box. Matt Gondek once visited Hong Kong and painted works on the roofs of many tenement buildings in the Central and Sheung Wan areas.
Matt Gondek is a Deconstructive Pop Artist, whose work is possessed with a punk rock spirit, celebrating rebellion and destruction. With a visceral pop colour palette and a disarmingly playful tone, he tears down cartoon idols, akin to slaughtering our modern day gods. Born in 1982, his creative voice is rooted in the 90s; as a true conduit of his generation and their potentially pointless search for meaning and purpose amidst a cruel life in a flawed world. He boasts sold out exhibitions in his home of Los Angeles as well as New York, Paris, Bangkok, and Hong Kong.