They instantly create an elegantly defined object that adds strength to the artwork. The face of the frame is kept thin, to maintain a minimalistic feel.
Tray frames have no glass, and the artwork is set back slightly below the face of the frame to prevent damage. Tray frames a great way to display large scale artworks without the expense of specialist glazing.
About tray frames:
2. Mounted Artwork
It is also possible to use a tray frame with drymounted artwork, or work done directly on a very rigid substrate.
3. Shadow Gap
A space is left between the edge of the artwork and the tray frame, called the shadow gap. With canvasses this is often just 1mm all around the image to give a precise fit. A 5mm gap with drymounted artwork creates the appearance of the floating work.
It could also be distance floated with a border before the frame to create a large gap.
4. Hanging System
Tray frames are either hung from strap hangers attached to the rear of the frame, or with a split-baton.