Flaunt Magazine Didn't Pay Its Art Basel Bills, Locals Say
McLaney sent Barajas an email asking for $12,700, but the magazine mogul shot back: "Unfortunately the job was never completed if it wasn't for our crew and Vance Crew I have giving you $13,500 which I believed is more than enough for the poor job you executed." He then directed further complaints to his lawyer.
courtesy of Kerry McLaney The Mana warehouse before McLaney and her crew went to work
In a statement to New Times, Barajas wrote that McLaney's crew hadn't completed its work on time and had built "structurally unsound" and "unsuitable" walls.
"One of the most important installations was never completed due to the delays. Flaunt still incurred the cost of the installation -- over $4,000 worth of draping, projector rental, and shipments for a work that was never shown," he continued. "As a result of McLaney's failure to construct suitable walls on time, the entire production schedule, from lighting to installation of artworks was delayed, resulting in numerous rushed work orders, the need for additional cleaning crews, and therein additional expenses to Flaunt."
"Flaunt is still assessing the damages caused as a result of McLaney's egregious negligence and is weighing all legal options accordingly," Barajas concluded.
But McLaney says she is the one getting screwed. She says she inherited an impossible, ever-changing project at the last minute. Now she and her carpenters are out $17,000.
courtesy of Kerry McLaney McLaney's crew at work. The wall in the foreground was built, then broken down, then built again at Barajas's orders
"I know Luis is from L.A. and everything and they put up movie sets overnight, but it doesn't work like that here, especially at the 11th hour," McLaney says.
Lobato backs up her friend.
"Kerry worked her ass off for him," she says. "He's just a scumbag. And he needs to be made an example of."
Both McLaney and Barajas claim they are considering lawsuits. But McLaney says the ordeal falls into a broader category of out-of-towners flying into Miami for Art Basel only to leave wreckage and unpaid bills behind them.
"It's a Basel routine," she says with a shake of her red hair. "They come down here with no experience and make ridiculous requests at the last minute."
"It makes Miami look stupid."