In ‘Controlled Burns’ by Kevin Cooley, swirling and imposing clouds of smoke contend with one another in a physical battle between diametrically opposing explosions of black and white.
From a structuralist point of view, this imagery serves as metaphor for binary opposition, e.g. good vs. evil or day vs. night. Fire is a powerful natural force and it is the only classical element, that we can create on demand, yet when out of control it has the potential for grave destruction. Contolled burns, is a visual representation of an inherit duality in how we interact with nature, symbolizing our desire to conquere and control nature, reminding us that sometimes we must fight fire with fire.